Emily P. Contributor

Ah, Joy. Sure to be popular with the happy-go-lucky optimists among us.

Naming your pup Joy is like having a four-legged reminder of pure happiness on a leash. It's a nod to the iconic Pixar character, Joy, from Inside Out, who embodies positivity and cheerfulness.

The name Joy stems from the Old French "joie," meaning delight or pleasure, which is exactly what our furry friends bring to our lives, isn't it?

And beyond that, it's a also great conversation starter at the dog park. "Why did you name your dog Joy?" "Well, have you ever seen a dog frown?"

Check mate.

So, if you want a name that's a constant reminder of your dog's tail-wagging, face-licking, pure-hearted happiness, Joy gets a strong recommendation from me.

Traits associated with the name Joy:

Dogs named Joy tend to be loving, loyal, good-natured, and brave. This feminine name is also associated with companionship, and empathy.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Joy?

It suggests that you are an optimistic and joyful person who values happiness and positivity.

Is Joy a good dog name?

Joy is a one-syllable dog name, making it short and snappy. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Joy is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Los Angeles Times 'Top Dogs'

Joy is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Joy outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Joy was, in the past month, the 386th most viewed dog name on

As of July 2024, Joy is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

We've seen quite a lot of variation in rank for this name, which may suggest seasonal factors or interest driven by pop culture events.

In the past week, Joy was viewed 0 times, and liked 8 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Joy's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Joy is most adored in South Dakota, Ohio and Alabama.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Utah, Delaware and Kentucky.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Joy.

Most popular breeds named Joy:

  1. German Shepherd
  2. Chihuahua
  3. Labrador Retriever
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Korean Jindo

Joy is found in these categories:

happy dog names

Joy embodies the cheerful, lively spirit dogs often display.

old fashioned dog names

Popular during the 70s, this canine moniker has since lost its sparkle.

spiritual dog names

Reflects a deep sense of happiness and contentment often associated with spiritual enlightenment and fulfillment.

winter dog names

Associations with holiday cheer and festive happiness make it a seasonally inspired canine moniker.

traditional dog names

Popular for decades, this moniker often graces canine companions in classic literature.

cute dog names

Evokes happiness and warmth, often associated with small, endearing things.

Dog names like Joy:

Gracious, lovely
Beautiful; short for Isabella.
Daphnis and chloe, is an ancient greek novel
Day's eye. The petals of a daisy open during the day, revealing its yellow centers, and then close at night.
Joy dog name meaning

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Emilia (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
It's great and since it's short it sounds great.
April 12, 2022 ◆ Translated

Let us know what you think of Joy as a dog name!