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