First name origin & meaning:

Latin: Rejoice

First name variations: Gioya, Gioia, Joella, Joellen, Joela, Joelah, Joele, Joeli, Joelia, Joelie, Joell, Joellah, Joelly, Jowele, Jowell, Jowelle, Joelle, Jonna, Johan, Johanah, Johanka, Johann, Johonna, Johanna, Joi, Joia, Joice, Jovita, Joice, Joise

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: nickname for a person of a cheerful disposition, from Middle English, Old French joie, joye. In some cases it may derive from a personal name (normally borne by women) of this origin, which was in sporadic use during the Middle Ages.
  2. Thomas Joy (c. 1610–78), an architect and builder born probably in Hingham, Norfolk, England, appears in land records in Boston, MA, in 1636. He had a considerable influence on Boston architecture.
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