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Meaning and name origin

Joel \joel\ as a boy's name is pronounced JOH-ul. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Joel is "Jehovah is the Lord". Biblical: a prophet and writer of the Book of Joel. The name is popular in Spain. Actors Joel McCrea, Joel Grey.

Joel has 2 variant forms: Joell and Yoel.

There is 1 feminine form of Joel: Joelle.


Joel is a very popular first name for males (#133 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#31769 out of 88799, Top 36%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Joel for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Joel name in U.S.

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Similar Names

Joel is also pronounced similarly to Jael. Other suggested similar baby names are Joe, Joed, Joey, Jorel and Noel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Joel.