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Gender: M Meaning of Joel: "Jehovah is his God" Origin of Joel: Hebrew Joel's Popularity in 2013: #144

In the Old Testament, Joel was one of King David's 'mighty men' and the name was taken up by the Puritans of the sixteenth century. In the mid 1960s, Joel entered the Top 100, and stayed there for about twenty years, as parents tried to jazz up and formalize old standby Joe by reviving this biblical name. Today, it still ranks at Number 144, and is in the top 70 in Germany and Spain..

Current notable bearers include entertainer Joel Grey, half of the filmmaking Coen brothers, musician Joel Madden, and TV's Joel McHale. Joel Chandler Harris created Uncle Remus.

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Famous People Named Joel

Joel Rueben Madden, American musician
Joel Edward McHale, American actor and comedian
Joel Gordon Hodgson, American writer and actor
Joel Albert 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 Zimmerman, Canadian house music producer (deadmau5)
Joel Kevin Gosselin (b. 2004), son of Jon & Kate Gosselin
Billy Joel, American singer/songwriter
Joel Kinnaman (born Charles Joel Nordstrom), Swedish/American actor
Joel Garland, American actor
Joel Osteen, American minister and self-help guru
Joel Plaskett, Canadian musician

Pop Culture References for the Name Joel

Joel Robinson, character of Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Joel Graham, character on the U.S. show "Parenthood"
Joel Fleischman, character on the U.S. show "Northern Exposure"
Joel Cairo, character in "The Maltese Falcon"
Joel Harrison Knox, unloved 13-year-old boy, central character in "Other Voices, Other Rooms" (1948) by Truman Capote
Joel Barish, Jim Carrey's character from film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Joel Miller, character in the video game "The Last of Us"


Joel's International Variations

Jöel (French) Yoel (Hebrew)