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Joyce

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Joyce

 

The name Joyce is a true Irish one and is found primarily in Connacht. Although the name is not Gaelic, the first authentic record of the name dates back to 1283, to a Welshman who married an Irish woman O’ Brien and settled with her in County Galway. Joyce comes from the French personal name Joy. Over 80% of all modern day Joyces are found in Counties Galway and Mayo.