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Noel (girl)

What does Noel mean?

Noel Pronunciation of Noel [noel] as a girls' name (also used more generally as boys' name Noel) is of Old French origin, and Noel means "Christmas". Noel is an alternate spelling of Noelle (Old French): feminine of Noel. See also Christmas, Decembra, Natalya and Natasha.


Noel has 4 variants: Noele, Noell, Nowel and Nowell.

7 more related forms via Noelle: Noela, Noeleen, Noelene, Noeline, Noeliz, Noella and Noelynn.

Creative forms:
(female) Neiel, Noli, ..

(male) None, Noru, ..

Middle name pairings:
Noel Ada (N.A.), ..

How popular is Noel?

Noel is a very prominent first name for women (#1233 out of 4276, Top 29%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1130 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Noel entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its highest rank of #710 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #1203 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Noel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Noel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Noel (#1203 last year) listed in the Top 2000 are Noelle (#250 last year), Natasha (#666), Natalya (#1126) and Noella. These relations of Noel were favored as baby names 35 years ago (average #1050) and have become significantly less widespread since (#1049, 57%), with the form Natasha going out of style. Natasha has historically been a favorite of parents, though Noelle is currently the top form.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Noel, Natalya, Natasha, Noella, Noelle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Natasha outside U.S.

Similar Names

Noel is alike in pronunciation to Neale, Neel, Neelle, Neile, Nel, Nell and Nelle. Other suggested similar names are Adel, Amel, Bel, Chel, Coel, Dael, Del, Etel, Gael, Jael, Jonel, Kyel, Lael, Lorel, Mel, Nea, Neely, Nekoel, Nela, Noa, Noe, Noemi, Nola, Nolen, Nona, Noni, Noola, Noor, Nora, Nore, Norell, Norm, Nour, Nova, Nowla, Orel, Sonel and Sorel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Noel.

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