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People with the surname Joy

People with the given name Joy

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Middle English joye from Old French joie from Late Latin gaudia, neuter plural (mistaken as feminine singular) of gaudium "joy" from gaudēre "to be glad, rejoice". Displaced native Middle English wunne "joy" (from Old English wynn "joy"), Middle English hight, hught "joy, hope" (from Old English hyht "joy, hope"), Middle English rot, root "joy, delight" (from Old English rōt "joy, delight"), Middle English murȝe, murghe "joy, mirth" (from Old English myrg "joy, mirth"), Middle English gleo "joy, glee" (from Old English glēow, glīw "glee"), Middle English blisse "joy, bliss" (from Old English bliss, blīþs "joy, bliss").



countable and uncountable; plural joys

joy (countable and uncountable; plural joys)

  1. (uncountable) The feeling of happiness, extreme cheerfulness.
    They will be a source of strength and joy in your life.
  2. (countable) An activity etc which causes this feeling.
    The joys and demands of new parents.

Derived terms



to joy

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Simple past

Past participle

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to joy (third-person singular simple present joys, present participle joying, simple past and past participle joyed)

  1. (intransitive) To feel joy, to rejoice.
    • 1885: I swore readily enough to this and he joyed with exceeding joy and embraced me round the neck while love for him possessed my whole heart. — Sir Richard Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 18

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:


Joy is an emotion of great happiness. Joy can also be interpreted as a person's name.

Joy may also refer to:

Joy as a surname

  • Alfred Harrison Joy, American astronomer (d. 1973)
  • Bernard Joy, English footballer (d.1984)
  • Bill Joy, Computer Pioneer (William Joy)
  • Brian Joy, a former English footballer
  • C. Turner Joy, an admiral of the United States Navy (d. 1956)
  • Charles Frederick Joy, U.S. politician from Missouri (d. 1921)
  • George William Joy, an Irish illustrator (d.1925)
  • Greg Joy, a Canadian Olympic athlete
  • Henry Bourne Joy, automobile businessman (d. 1936)
  • Ian Joy, an American soccer player
  • Joseph Francis Joy, American inventor and founder of Joy Mining Machinery (d.1957)
  • Leatrice Joy, an American silent film actress (d. 1985)
  • Mary E. Joy, a British author and journalist (d. 1898)
  • Mike Joy, a TV sports announcer currently with NASCAR and FOX Sports
  • Norman H. Joy, British coleopterist noted for his work Practical Handbook of British Beetles (d. 1953)
  • Prosenjit Joy, a cricketer from Bangladesh
  • Rick Joy, an American architect
  • Robert Joy, Canadian character actor

Joy as a given name

  • Joy Behar, American comedian, TV host of The View, and actress
  • Joy Davidman, American writer and wife of C. S. Lewis (d. 1960)
  • Joy Destiny Tobing, winner of the first Indonesian Idol
  • Joy Enriquez, American singer who had success in the early 2000s
  • Joy Fawcett, an American soccer player
  • Joy Garnett, a New York artist
  • Joy Giovanni, WWE diva
  • Joy Grieveson (Elizabeth Grieveson), British track and field athlete
  • Joy Harjo, an American poet
  • Joy Kogawa, a Canadian poet and novelist
  • Joy Lauren, an American actress
  • Joy Mustafi, Computer Scientist, India, Indian Statistical Institute
  • Joy Ogwu, a Nigerian foreign minister
  • Joy Padgett, a Republican member of the Ohio Senate
  • Joy Quigley, a New Zealand politician
  • Joy Smith, a Canadian politician
  • Joy Turner, a fictional character on the US sitcom My Name is Earl, played by Jaime Pressly
  • Joy Williams, Christian singer
  • Judy-Joy Davies, an Australian backstroke swimmer of the 1940s
  • Joy Chang, a student
  • Joy Serg, "Embargo" guild member


  • Joy (novel), a 1990 novel by Marsha Hunt
  • Joy (novels), series of erotic novels by Joy Laurey
  • "Ode to Joy" ("An die Freude" in German), an ode written in 1785 by the German poet and historian Friedrich Schiller
  • Surprised by Joy, an autobiographical work by C. S. Lewis
  • The Joy of Sex, an illustrated sex manual by Alex Comfort, M.D., Ph.D.


  • The fourth and final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, also called "Ode to Joy"; inspired by the poem of Schiller
  • Joy to the World (disambiguation), the title of a Christmas carol and several other songs
  • Joy (album), the final album by The Skids
  • Joy (EP), a three-song EP by American punk band the Minutemen
  • Joy (The Stalin), the first album by Japanese punk rock band The Stalin
  • Joy (Avalon album), a holiday album by Avalon
  • Joy (Paul King album), the one solo album by Paul King
  • "Joy", a single by experimental group Psychic TV
  • Joy and Joy, a single and album by Japanese singer Yuki Isoya
  • "Joy", a song by Against Me! from their album Searching for a Former Clarity
  • "Joy", a song by Lucinda Williams on her album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
  • "Joy", a song by François Feldman on his album Indigo
  • "Joy", a song by VNV Nation on their album Praise the Fallen
  • "Joy", a song by Mick Jagger on his album Goddess in the Doorway
  • "A Joy", a song by Four Tet on his album Everything Ecstatic
  • "Joy", an Italo Disco Austrian band, well known for their hit Touch By Touch (1985)
  • Joy Division, a band from the United Kingdom
  • Joy Electric, a one-man electropop/synth pop/Christian group consisting of Ronnie Martin
  • Joy Records, a record label

Joy as place name

  • Joy, Illinois, a village in the United States
  • Joys Green, a village in Gloucestershire, England
  • Joy Range, a mountain range on Axel Heiberg Island, Nunavut, Canada
  • Port La-Joye / Fort Amherst, French for "Port of Joy", located in central Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • Several places called Mount Joy


  • Joy Buzzer, a practical joke device
  • Joy (programming language), a concatenative functional language
  • Joy Melbourne, a radio station in Melbourne, Australia
  • Joy dishwashing liquid, a brand name of detergent products produced by Procter & Gamble
  • The Joy of Painting, a television program hosted by Bob Ross
  • Joystick, a computer game control device
  • Nurse Joy, a set of similar looking characters from the fictional Pokémon franchise that operate the Pokémon Centers.
  • USS Daniel A Joy (DE 585), a rudderow class destroyer
  • USS Turner Joy (DD-951), a US Navy destroyer named after C. Turner Joy (above)

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