Feminine Given Names in DES: Joyce

Feminine Given Names in
A Dictionary of English Surnames


Talan Gwynek, Fause Losenge Herald Extraordinary
(Brian M. Scott, scott@math.csuohio.edu)
© 1994 by Brian M. Scott; all rights reserved.

Joyce Fem. forms of Joceus, the Latinized form of OFr Josse < OBret Judoc. If Joyse is fem., it isa rare early example of the modern form. Jocosa appears to bethe fem. of Lat iocosus `humorous, merry, facetious', perh. throughassociation of the name with the now obs. verb joise `to rejoice'.[Joyce]
Jocea 1167 (W); 1199 Joyce
Jocosa 1346 Joyce
Joyse 1545 Pulley
Juicia 1211, 1212 Joyce

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