Joel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Joel

Joel

Pronunciation: JOHL (key)

Origin of the name Joel:

A borrowing from the Ecclesiastic Late Latin, Joel is from the Ecclesiastic Greek Iōēl, a name derived from the Hebrew Yoel, which is from yō'ēl (the Lord is God). The name is borne in the Bible by a minor Hebrew prophet (5th century B.C.?) whose prophecies and preachings are found in the book of Joel.

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Comments and insights on the name Joel: | Edit

My son's name is Joel. He is Spanish. People often pronounce it JOLE...I hate that!. He is JO-EL!

...It IS actually pronounced JOHL, not JO-EL...sorry!

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My husband's name is Joel. Whenever we give his name at restaurants, no one seems able to pronounce it. They generally try to call him "Joe-el" or use the silent j sound and say "ho-el". I'm not quite sure what is so difficult about it, but it's a common occurrence! Either way - it's a great name!

I've known several Joels in my life and each of them has been a wonderfully friendly, easy-going person. The name makes me smile.

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J, Jo, Bebo

My 9-month-old son's name is Joel...he gets called lots of names, Joelby, Joelie, Joelbert, Polie, Joelster. I don't like Joe, Joey, or JoJo, so we do not call him those.

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Famous real-life people named Joel: | Edit

Joel Peat - Lead guitarist in the band Lawson
Joel Madden - American musician
Joel McHale - American actor and comedian
Joel Hodgson - American writer and actor
Joel McCrea - American actor
Joel Grey - American actor
Joel Carver Whitburn - American author
Joel Coen - American filmmaker; brother of Ethan Coen
Joel Schumacher - American film director
Joel Silver - American film producer
Joel Reinders - American football player
Joel Dreessen - American football player

Joel in song, story & screen: | Edit

Joel Graham - Husband to Julia Braverman in "Parenthood"

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