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What does Noel mean?

Noel /noel/ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Noel) is pronounced nol, 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 variants: Nata, Natal, Natale, Nowel and Nowell.

Affiliated boy name: Christmas.

Noel has 5 feminine forms: Christmas, Decembra, Natalya, Natasha and Noelle.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Noelah, Norel, ..

(female) Noelli, Noly, ..

How popular is Noel?

Noel is a very popular first name for men (#383 out of 1220, Top 31%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#1130 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Noel for boys. Noel reached its apex rank of #299 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #356 presently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Noel and related names. Natale is the only other prominent alternative form of Noel (#356 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Noel is at its most widespread presently (median #1178). Noel is the most trendy boy name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Noel, Natale in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Noel is alike in pronunciation to Knoll, Neal, Neale, Neall, Neel, Neil, Neile, Neill, Newel, Newell, Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile and Noll. Other suggested similar names are Abel, Acel, Adel, Amel, Arel, Avel, Axel, Buel, Cael, Dael, Del, Edel, Gael, Howel, Jael, Joel, Jorel, Kael, Lovel, Lowel, Mel, Nagel, Ned, Neely, Nels, Ner, Nev, Niels, Nigel, Nijel, Njal, Noah, Noak, Noam, Noble, Noe, Nolen, Noor, Norm, Norvel, Nour, Nye, Nygel, Orel, Peel, Powel, Rodel, Ronel, Ruel, Sorel, Udel, Yael and Yoel. These names tend to be less commonly used than Noel.