Joyce family history?

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    Joyce Name Meaning and History

    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.

    Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

    Joyce Surname

    This famous and interesting surname has two possible and distinct origins, although both are French. Firstly it may be a patronymic deriving from the Breton personal name "Iodoc", a diminutive of "Juidcaelh", meaning 'lord', and introduced by the Normans into England at the Invasion of 1066. Although the 1086 Domesday Book is silent in regard to the name, both 'Josce' and 'Iocius' are recorded in the 1150 rolls of the city of Lincoln. Secondly the name may be of French locational origins from the village of Josse sur Mer, in Calvados, Normandy, and this latter may account for Sir John de Joce, recorded at the 1308 Dunstable Tournament. In the modern idiom the surname has several spelling variants including Joice, Joisce, Joss, Josse, Joicey, Joysey, Joyce and Jowsey. The surname also became popular in Ireland, where it was first introduced in 1283 by a Welshman, Thomas de Jorse, who married the daughter of O'Brien the Prince of Thomond. Amongst the many famous namebearers were George Joyce (1620 - 1670), a parliamentarian officer who was sent by Oliver Cromwell, although subsequently denied, to seize the 'kings person' (Charles 1st in 1646) from Holmby House, in Northamptonshire. Subsequently Joyce was very active in promoting the King's trial and subsequent execution, and was rewarded with the Governorship of the Isle of Portland in 1650. He later fell out with both Cromwell and Charles 11, being exiled to Rotterdam. James Joyce (1882 - 1944), who wrote "Dubliners", and his better known work, "Ulysses", found world-wide fame. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey de Jorz, which was dated 1234, in the "Place Names Book of Northumberland", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272.

    Joyce Surname

    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.

    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.

    First found in Glamorganshire, 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.

    Joyce Surname

    JOYCE families descend from Thomas de Jorse a 13th century Cambro-Norman settler from Wales, who came to County Galway and settled there. He is reputed to be the progenitor of the Joyce families, numerous in Connacht. The stronghold of the Joyce families was in Ross barony, County Galway, commonly known as Joyce's county. Early records of the name mention Goce Fitz-Peter, Sherif of London in 1211. Josse Shepherd, was recorded in the year of 1273 in Ireland. An notable bearer of the name was James Augustine Aloysius JOYCE (1882-1941) the Irish writer born in Dublin. He was a linguist and voracious reader. In 1922 he published 'Ulysses' in Paris, and it was not published in the United Kingdom until 1936, although now it is regarded as a epochal, a great leap forward for fiction.

    This is just the etymology of the Joyce surname or its history if you will. As the other contributors have noted there are many trees available on or RootsWeb but they would not necessarily be your Joyce family. You would need to research your ancestors beginning with yourself and going back one generation at a time to produce a history of your Joyce family. If that is what you wish, we can give you instructions or you can search our archives of resolved questions for “genealogy sources.”

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    What is your question about Joyce family history?

  • 9 years ago

    Which one? There are thousands of Joyce family trees on

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