Meaning and Name Origin
Noel \noel\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' 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 on this name, see also the related boy name Christmas.
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 (#999 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Noel for boys. Noel reached its apex rank of #297 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is at #356 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Noel▲ is alike in pronunciation 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.