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What does Joel mean?

Joel Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, prophet, book (literary), popular (famous)


VARIANTS Joell, Yoel




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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 #187. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Yoel (#1300 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) and Joell are the popular related forms of Joel (#187). Adoption of these forms of Joel was at its apex 38 years ago (AVERAGE #1068) and is somewhat less today (#1162, 48%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Joel, Joell, Yoel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Joel is pronounced similarly to Jael, Jul and Jule. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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