Joyes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Joyes family

The surname Joyes 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.

Important Dates for the Joyes family

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Joyes Spelling Variations

Since church officials and medieval scribes spelt each name as it sounded to them; as a result, a single person could accumulate many different versions of his name within official records. A close examination of the origins of the name Joyes revealed the following spelling variations: Joyce, Joyes, Joy, Joice and others.

Early Notables of the Joyes family (pre 1700)

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Joyes migration to the United States

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Joyes:

Joyes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Joyes, who arrived in Virginia in 1699 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Joyes (post 1700)

  • Thomas Joyes (1787-1866), American politician, Member of Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1834-35 [2]
  • John Joyes (1799-1877), American politician, Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 1834-36 [2]
  • Joaquín Blake y Joyes (1759-1827), Spanish military officer in the French Revolutionary and Peninsular wars


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
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