Joyce Name History

Joyce Irish Coat of Arms


The Irish surname of Joyce comes from the Breton personal name Iodoc, a diminutive of iudh ‘lord’, introduced by the Normans in the form Josse. Iodoc was the name of a Breton prince and saint, the brother of Iudicael, whose fame helped to spread the name through France and western Europe and, after the Norman Conquest, England as well. The name was occasionally borne also by women in the Middle Ages, but was predominantly a male name, by contrast with the present usage.

Learn more about the Joyce name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Joyce surname. There is a wide selection of Joyce coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Find a Joyce Pub in Ireland

A favorite photo opportunity, finding a real Irish pub with your family name is always special. For the Joyce family, visit Joyce's Bar in Recess or Joyce's Bar in Ardrahan, both in County Galway to raise a pint to the name and the folks who carry it.

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Joyce pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Joyce

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