No really, it’s my middle name.
My whole life, my parents have referred to me as their joy. Well, probably excluding those college years. An optimist to my very core, I often remind myself of my middle name to get my bearings straight in hard times. I am so thankful that my parents chose this name for me!
According to Think Baby Names, the meaning is defined as follows:
The girl’s name Joy \joy\ is of Old French and Latin origin, and the meaning of Joy is “joy”. Used in the Middle Ages, and made popular in the 17th century under the influence of the Puritans, to whom being “joyful in the Lord” was an important duty. In modern times, it generally signifies the parents’ joy in their new-born child, or with the intention of wishing her a happy life.
I love how it says, the meaning of the word Joy is ‘joy’. Ha! How appropriate. So what DOES bring me joy? In those moments when I am struggling to remember joy I think on the good things; My husband, our son, my family, my faith. These are the foundations of my joy. And my name has been a constant daily reminder to think on those things.
How did my parents know 32 years ago that I would rely on my name so frequently? My guess is they didn’t know.
But they hoped that I would.