Joy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Joy is derived from the personal names Josse or Goce. The name Joy 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 Joy is Seoigh.

Early Origins of the Joy family

The surname Joy 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.

Early History of the Joy family

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Joy Spelling Variations

Church officials and medieval scribes often simply spelled names as they sounded. As a result, a single person's name may have been recorded a dozen different ways during his lifetime. Spelling variations for the name Joy include: Joyce, Joyes, Joy, Joice and others.

Early Notables of the Joy family (pre 1700)

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United States Joy migration to the United States +

The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Joy:

Joy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Asher Joy, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Thomas Joy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • William Joy, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Rich Joy, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Mary Joy, who arrived in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Joy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Joy, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [1]
Joy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eleanor Fitzpatrick Joy, aged 22, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • John Joy, aged 23, who landed in America in 1822 [1]
  • Michael Joy, who landed in New York in 1826 [1]
  • Peter Joy, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1827 [1]
  • Reuben M Joy, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Joy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Joy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Garrett Joy, aged 25 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing 29th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th August 1847 but he died on board [2]

Australia Joy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Joy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Joy, aged 42, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant" [3]
  • Charles Joy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Louisa Baillie" in 1849 [4]
  • Benjamin Joy, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851 [5]
  • Ann Joy, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]

New Zealand Joy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Joy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Boxer Joy, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "William Watson" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand on 30th December 1857 [7]
  • Abel Joy, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Caroline Coventry" in 1869
  • Mr. James Joy, (b. 1848), aged 25, Cornish labourer departing on 18th June 1873 aboard the ship "St. Leonards" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1873 [8]
  • Mrs. Janes Ann Joy, (b. 1852), aged 21, Cornish settler departing on 18th June 1873 aboard the ship "St. Leonards" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1873 [8]
  • Mr. Nicholas Joy, (b. 1872), aged 9 months, Cornish settler departing on 18th June 1873 aboard the ship "St. Leonards" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th September 1873 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Joy (post 1700) +

  • Homer Joy (1945-2012), American songwriter, best known for his song Streets of Bakersfield
  • Leatrice Joy (1893-1985), American actress
  • Mike Joy (b. 1949), American TV sports announcer
  • William Nelson Joy (b. 1954), American computer scientist
  • Megan Joy (b. 1985), American singer-songwriter
  • Ian Paul Joy (b. 1981), American soccer player
  • Benjamin Joy, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tompkins County 1st District, 1854 [9]
  • Mrs. Ben Joy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1960 [9]
  • August Joy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newtown, 1932 [9]
  • Angus T. Joy, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Newtown, 1930 [9]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Joy Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Joy +

  • 2674 Ancestry of the Jameson, Gilbert, Joy, Skinner, and Related Families by Bradner Petersen, Thomas Joy and His Descendants by James Richard Joy.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 81)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ASCENDANT 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ascendant.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The LOUISA BAILLIE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849LouisaBaillie.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BLUNDELL 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Blundell.htm
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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