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What does Joel mean?

Joel [joel] as a boys' 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.

Associated with: biblical, prophet, book (literary), popular (famous).


Joel has 2 variants: Joell and Yoel.

Joel has 1 feminine form: Joelle.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jobel, Joelah, ..

(female) Joelli, Jole, ..

How popular is Joel?

Joel is a very prominent first name for men (#133 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#20234 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name statistics of Joel for boys. Joel reached its top rank of #71 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #154. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Joel and associated names. Yoel (#1418 the previous year) and Joell are the popular related forms of Joel (#154 the previous year). Adoption of these forms of Joel was at its apex 34 years ago (average #1068) and is somewhat less today (#1190, 40%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joel, Joell, Yoel in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Joel is pronounced similarly to Jael, Jul and Jule. Other suggested similar names are Abel, Acel, Adel, Amel, Arel, Avel, Axel, Buel, Cael, Del, Edel, Gael, Howel, Jae, Jamel, Jarel, Jarl, Je-, Jeb, Jed, Jeh, Jerel, Jet, Joab, Joao, Job, Jobe, Joben, Joby, Jock, Jodey, Jody, Joe, Joed, Joeri, Joey, John, Jomal, Jomei, Jon, Jona, Jones, Jonn, Joop, Joos, Jorel, Jorell, Jorey, Jorg, Jori, Jorn, Jorrel, Jory, Jose, Josep, Josh, Joss, Jove, Jovi, Kael, Lovel, Mel, Neel, Niel, Noel, Orel, Peel, Powel, Ronel, Ruel, Udel and Yael. These names tend to be less frequently used than Joel.