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The surname Joyce is derived from the personal names Josse or Goce. The name Joyce is derived from the Latin word "gaudere" and is cognate in origin with the words joy and joyous. The personal names Josse and Goce were made popular by St. Josse the Hermit, who refused the sovereignty of Brittany. Joyce was used primarily as a female personal name, although some of the earlier instances were masculine. The Gaelic form of the surname Joyce is Seoigh.

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The surname Joyce was first found in Glamorganshire (Welsh: Sir Forgannwg), a region of South Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Glywysing, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Joyce revealed many spelling variations including Joyce, Joyes, Joy, Joice and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joyce research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1172, 1487 and 1618 are included under the topic Early Joyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Joyce Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Joyce:

Joyce Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Joyce, who landed in Virginia in 1621-1629
  • Jonathon Joyce settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Joyce, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Robert Joyce, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Crowder Joyce, who landed in Virginia in 1639
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Joyce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mats Joyce, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Patrick Joyce, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Penny Wright Joyce, aged 52, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • James Joyce, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Joyce, who landed in Alexandria, Va in 1817
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Joyce Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. James I. Joyce U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Joyce Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Lewis W Joyce, who landed in Canada in 1832
  • John Joyce, aged 40, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Norry Joyce, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Stephen Joyce, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Susan Joyce, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
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Joyce Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Joyce, a bricklayer, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Joyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • Sarah Joyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Buckinghamshire" in 1839
  • John Joyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
  • Stephen Joyce arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840
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Joyce Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T Joyce landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1839
  • W. G. Joyce arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • William Joyce, aged 45, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Thomas Joyce, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Thomas Joyce, aged 25, a miner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
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  • Major-General Kenyon Ashe Joyce (1879-1960), American President of the Allied Control Commission Italy (1943)
  • Michael Joyce (b. 1945), American author and professor of English
  • Natalie Joyce (1902-1992), American film actress
  • Alice Joyce (1890-1955), American actress
  • David Joyce (1825-1904), American lumber baron and industrialist
  • Patrick H. Joyce (1879-1946), American railroad executive
  • Brenda Joyce (b. 1915), American actress who played Jane in Sol Lesser's "Tarzan" series
  • Robert Dwyer Joyce (1830-1883), Irish poet
  • James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (1882-1941), Irish author, best known for his novel "Ulysses" in 1922, "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" in 1916
  • Ron Joyce (b. 1930), Canadian billionaire and co-founder of Tim Horton's donut chain
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Joyce Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Catherine† Joyce (1846-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. John† Joyce (1877-1917), English Fireman aboard the SS Curaca from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Robert John Joyce (1918-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Leslie R Joyce (b. 1923), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southwark, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Mors aut honorabilis vita
Motto Translation: Death, or life with honour.

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    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Joyce Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Joyce Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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