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Gender: M Meaning of Joel: "Jehovah is his God" Origin of Joel: Hebrew Joel's Popularity in 2014: #154

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 154, 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.

Famous People Named Joel

Joel Rueben Madden, American singer and actor
Joel Edward McHale, American actor and comedian
Joel Gordon Hodgson, American writer and comedian
Joel Albert McCrea, American actor
Joel Grey, American actor, singer, and dancer
Joel Carver Whitburn, American author and historian
Joel Coen, American film producer
Joel T. Schumacher, American director and producer
Joel Silver, American film producer
Joel Reinders, Canadian football player
Joel Clifford Dreessen, American football player
Joel Thomas Zimmerman, Canadian progressive-house music DJ and performer
Joel Kevin Gosselin, son of American TV personalities Jon & Kate Gosselin
Joel Kinnaman (born Charles Joel Nordström), Swedish-American actor
Joel Garland, American actor
Joel Scott Osteen, American preacher, televangelist, and author
Joel Plaskett, Canadian musician

Pop Culture References for the name Joel

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


Joel's International Variations

JÖel (French) Yoel (Hebrew)