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I bear this name, in the Midwest of the United States, and yes it is a challenge for others to pronounce and spell. I don't know how my parents did it, but I have not ever desired nor received a nickname. I was an adult before I learned to truly appreciate the name, though.
stuffedkitty  1/25/2020
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This name is not pronounced JO-yah. It's pronounced JOY-ah. It sounds like the English word 'joy' with an A at the end. To confirm this you can go to pretty much any English-Italian online dictionary and listen to the pronunciation. The name comes from the Italian word 'Gioia' which means 'joy/delight'.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2017
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I love this name and also Joy and Joia, the French version. Also to the person saying you can't spell it as Joia, you can- it's French for Joy.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2016
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To the user who wrote that 'joia' is the French word for 'joy' - this is incorrect! The French word for 'joy' is 'joie' and it is not pronounced like Gioia at all.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2017
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So pretty! Much better than plain Joy. Although, in English speaking countries some might not have any clue as to how it's pronounced.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2016
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I knew a family with Gioia as their last name and always thought it sounded so pretty. Turns out, it actually is a feminine name. Really interesting!
silly_rabbit  3/19/2016
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I have 6 kids, and I named my daughter Gioia, or Joiya as we spell it. My husband is half italian so we wanted to use an italian name. And yes, although it is hard to spell it is such a unique name and really, she is a joy to have around.
jaucks1  10/27/2014
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I love this name! Yes, I do believe it would have major spelling and pronunciation issues in the States, but it's so beautiful in sound and meaning. Who doesn't think their baby girl is a bundle of joy?! Lol.
C.Ambrosi  8/8/2012
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Also, if one were to use Gioia then they should spell it correctly. Joia and Joya would seem to me a slap in the face to Italians. It's an Italian name with a legit Italian spelling, so spell it as it was intended.
C.Ambrosi  8/8/2012
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A girl who attends the same college I do is named Gioia, and is of Italian descent. I don't know if she ever had pronunciation difficulties of any kind, but everyone here can say her name just fine. It's a pretty name - I like it better than plain old Joy, to be honest.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2012
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This name is so so pretty. I think that anywhere outside of Italy, it would have some pronunciation issues, but I love how it sounds when pronounced correctly!
princessjasmine  4/3/2010
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I had never heard of this name until I met an 18-year-old girl called Gioia. She's German, but apparently her parents liked this Italian name. She's got a German surname, though, so it's a bit weird, to be honest.
LoQuiero  10/22/2008
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I think this name is so pretty and sweet. I've always preferred it spelled with a J, it reminds more of the virtue of Joy that way. I like Joia.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2008
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Gioia is my name. It's pronounced joy-a. It's an Italian spelling, and all the vowels make it susceptible to butchering. It's really a nice and unique name.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007

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