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JOY Family HistoryRecorded in several spellings including Joy, Joie, Joye, Joyes, and the dialectals Goy, Goye, and Goys, this is an English surname. However it derives from the Old French word "joie" meaning joy, and was originally given as either a baptismal name of endearment or as a nickname to a joyous or cheerful person. Surnames from personal names are one of the largest of all European surname groupings, whilst surnames from nicknames is similarly a popular origin. In this case the original recordings show that this is one of the oldest of all surnames with Manser Joie being recorded in the "Pipe Rolls of Lincolnshire" in 1186 and Elena Joye in the "Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire"in 1273...
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