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Meaning and name origin

Noel \noel\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Noel), is pronounced NOH-el. It is of French origin, and the meaning of Noel is "Christmas". Used since the Middle Ages. Playwright and actor Noel Coward.


Noel has 5 variant forms: Nata, Natal, Natale, Nowel and Nowell.

For more information, see also the related boy name Christmas.

There are 5 feminine forms of Noel: Christmas, Decembra, Natalya, Natasha and Noelle.


Noel is a very popular first name for males (#383 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#999 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Noel for boys. Noel reached its highest rank of #297 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Noel is also pronounced similarly to Neal, Neel, Neil, Newel, Nial, Niel and Noll. Other suggested similar baby names are Joel, Neely, Noe and Yoel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Noel.