Girl name origins & meanings
- Italian : Joy
Family name origins & meanings
- Italian : from the personal name Gioia, derived fromgioa ‘jewel’, ‘precious object’. This is normally a feminine name, but there are occasional records of its use as a masculine personal name in the Middle Ages.
- Italian : habitational name from any of various places in southern Italy named with this word, including Gioia del Colle (Bari), Gioia Sannitica (Caserta), and Gioia Tauro (Calabria).