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National Joyce Day – June 5, 2024

National Joyce Day is celebrated each year on June 5. Joyce first appeared on the female naming charts in 1882, in the late 19th Century in the U.S. It did, however, appear on the masculine naming charts for 30 years. Nonetheless, Joyce has been seen mainly as a female in the U.S. That’s rather popular. However, given when the name was most popular, it’s reasonable to infer that many Joyces are now attending BINGO games and wearing “Life Alert” necklaces. Joyce feels antiquated and unstylish today just because of this aspect. Joyce is too similar to Barbara, Shirley, Carol, and Nancy — names that haven’t stood the test of time in the U.S. They may one day be fashionable again, but we don’t see that happening anytime soon.

History of National Joyce Day

Joyce began its life as a masculine name. In truth, Joyce’s ancestors can be traced back to the 14th Century to the Celtic Bretons of Brittany, France. Joyce is derived from the ancient Breton name Iodoc, which means ‘lord.’ The Latinized version of this name was Jodocus, which evolved into the medieval Josse, finally becoming Joyce. Saint Judoc, sometimes known as Saint Joyce, was a 7th-century Brittany prince who left the throne and his inheritance to live the life of a holy hermit.

The cult of St. Joyce flourished and expanded after his death, owing partly to allegations that his corpse remained incorruptible and that the hairs on his head and chin continued to grow, necessitating continuous clipping by his devotees. In the 10th century, fleeing the Norman invasion, many Breton monks took St. Joyce’s relics and rituals to England. The name gained popularity as a tribute to Saint Joyce, whom the English embraced as their own.

Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” evidence Saint Joyce’s medieval relevance in England, as the Wife of Bath swears “by God and by Saint Joce,” showing he was summoned for oath-taking. Joyce was infrequently used during the late Middle Ages, most likely due to the Church of England’s rupture with Roman Catholicism – although the name remained alive as a patronymic surname. Joyce would later be reintroduced in the contemporary age, but as a female name, this time influenced by the Middle English term “joise,” which means “to joy.”

National Joyce Day timeline

Joyce Blair

The famous British actress and dancer is born to a Jewish family whose family name was ‘Ogus’ but was later changed to ‘Blair.’

March 9, 1934
Joyce Van Patten is Born

Van Patten is born to Josephine Rose and Richard Byron Van Patten in New York City.

Daphne Joyce Maynard Begins Her Career

Maynard begins her journalism career for several publications, including “Seventeen” magazine and “The New York Times.”

Joyce Cooling Completes Her Second Album

“Person2Person,” her second self-produced record, is completed.

National Joyce Day FAQs

Is Joyce from the Bible?

Joyce’s name does not appear in the Bible or any other Judeo-Christian or Islamic scriptures.

Is Joyce a saint name?

Saint Joyce (Judoc) (600–668), a Breton prince and hermit who was the son of Judicael, King of Brittany, was the inspiration for the name.

Is Joyce a good name?

Joyce is a name that implies foresight. Your brilliance and intelligence will help you do great things in your lifetime. A true craftsman!

National Joyce Day Activities

  1. Make a banner

    Make a banner that says, "Happy celebrating the meaning of your name, Joyce," and hang it in front of your house. This is so that Joyce, who is passing in front of your house, will read it.

  2. Throw a party

    If your name is Joyce, find someone else with the same name as you. Have a Joyce name celebration party with people also named Joyce in your house. At the end of the event, you can share your hopes.

  3. Post on social media

    Spread on your social media the origin of Joyce's name and tag a person named Joyce you know. If not, tag a random Joyce.

5 Interesting Facts About Joyce

  1. Joyce’s popularity

    With an estimated 39,792 persons bearing the name Joyce in the U.S., it is the 748th most popular surname.

  2. It’s a saint name in “The Canterbury Tales”

    In Geoffrey Chaucer's “The Canterbury Tales,” evidence of Saint Joyce's medieval importance in England can be found.

  3. Joyce is a unisex name

    Joyce is a name that can be used for both boys and girls.

  4. It’s a tribe family name

    The Joyces are one of the tribes of Galway — they've even given their family name to a district in Connemara.

  5. A kind of writing style

    Joyce uses a variety of literary tropes and words, both classic and modern, to enrich his writing style.

Why We Love National Joyce Day

  1. Joyces are born leaders

    A character trait of Joyces is that they tend to be good leaders. They set an example for others, and are willing to take charge and make decisions. They can influence people, and they have a strong desire to lead.

  2. Joyces exhibit resilience

    Even when things do not go as planned, Joyces are said to be able to bounce back. They understand that some things in life don't go as planned, but they believe that everything happens for a reason and that everything happens only when it's supposed to happen.

  3. Joyces are disciplined

    They are good at doing things on time and do not procrastinate. They can complete their tasks without getting distracted by other things. They like to be structured and organized, so they have a plan for everything they do in their lives.

National Joyce Day dates

2024June 5Wednesday
2025June 5Thursday
2026June 5Friday
2027June 5Saturday
2028June 5Monday

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