Joyce Family History

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Joyce Name Meaning

English and Irish: from the Breton personal name Iodoc, a diminutive of iudh ‘lord’, introduced by the Normans in the form Josse. Iodoc was the name of a Breton prince and saint, the brother of Iudicael (see Jewell), whose fame helped to spread the name through France and western Europe and, after the Norman Conquest, England as well. The name was occasionally borne also by women in the Middle Ages, but was predominantly a male name, by contrast with the present usage.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Boyce, Royce, Noyce, Voyce, Ponce, Coyne, Toye, Boye, Jayne, Jobe

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Joyce Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Joyce name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Joyce. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Joyce Family Origin

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Joyce Family Occupations

What did your Joyce ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Joyce. A less common occupation for the Joyce family was COal Miner. The most common Joyce occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Joyce's were Labourers.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • COal Miner


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Joyce Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 366,000 census records available for the last name Joyce. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Joyce census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 58,000 immigration records available for the last name Joyce. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 51,000 military records available for the last name Joyce. For the veterans among your Joyce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Joyce Life Expectancy

What is the average Joyce lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Joyce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Joyce in 1940 was 38, and 76 in 2004.

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