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.
Joel has 1 feminine form: Joelle.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Joel for boys. Joel reached its top rank of #69 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #154. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)