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.
1 feminine form: Joelle.Creative forms:
(male) Joael, Jobel, ..
(female) Joeli, Jole, .. Middle name pairings:
Joel Jamarcus (J.J.), ..
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)
Joel reached its top rank of #71 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is currently at #159. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Yoel (#1335 the previous year) and Joell are the popular related forms of Joel (#159 the previous year). Adoption of these forms of Joel was at its apex 35 years ago (average #1068) and is somewhat less today (#1164, ▼40%).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.