Given Name JOYCE

GENDER: Feminine & Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JOIS   [details]

Meaning & History

From the medieval masculine name Josse, which was derived from the earlier Iudocus, which was a Latinized form of the Breton name Judoc meaning "lord". The name belonged to a 7th-century Breton saint, and Breton settlers introduced it to England after the Norman conquest. It became rare after the 14th century, but was later revived as a feminine name, perhaps because of similarity to the Middle English word joise "to rejoice". This given name also formed the basis for a surname, as in the case of the Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941).

Categories

male to female, smooth jazz
VARIANT: Joisse
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Iodocus, Iudocus, Jodocus, Judoc, Judocus (Ancient Celtic), Judoc, Jodoc (Breton), Jodocus, Joost, Judocus, Joos (Dutch), Josse (French), Jost (German), Jocosa (Medieval English), Josse (Medieval French), Jošt (Slovene)
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