Meaning and name origin
Janel \j(a)-nel\ as a girl's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Janel is "God is gracious". Janel is a variant of Jane (Hebrew): originally a feminine form of John. Also a variant of Janelle: modern elaborated form of Jane, with the feminine ending -elle from names like Danielle.
Janel is a very popular first name for females (#1136 out of 4276, Top 27%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Janel for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Janel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jane (#322), Janelle (#450), Jenelle, Janell and Janel. (2014 statistics).
Janel is also pronounced similarly to Janiel, Jaynell, Johnel, Jonel, Jonell and Junel. Other suggested similar baby names are Jael, Jahnel, Jahnell, Jamela, Janea, Janee, Janela, Janella, Janely, Janet, Janey and Jayel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Janel.