Joyce, Seóigh A surname of Welsh origin meaning ‘son of joy’. The family became completly hibernicized and acquired territory in the mountainous district of Iar-Connacht called Duthaigh Seoghach (Joyce Country) now the barony of Ross in Galway. They also became one of the ‘Tribes of Galway’. In 1890 Joyce was numerous in Galway and Mayo. The estimated number of bearers was 7,347. In the United States it is the 748th most numerous surname with an estimated 44,000 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 397th most numerous surname.
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