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    Noël or Noëlle?

    So we want to use either Noël or Noëlle for a girl or a boy. Pronounced No-el both ways, as that's how it's said in french. But I was pondering if you could use Noël for both genders? or would you see Noël and instantly pronounce it like knoll. I never really understood the Knoll pronunciation, since even in the christmas carol it's said No-el. Any feedback would be appreciated Also any middle name suggestion would also be great
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    I've always seen the boys name as Noel (without the umlaut and therefore pronounced 'nole') and the girls name as Noelle, pronounced as if it has the umlaut but not spelt with it.

    I see 'noël' as just a word.
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    In German both are pronounces as No-el (with and without the umlaut) and I'm not a big fan of the English "nole" either.

    I think Noelle (with or without the umlaut) is safer to get the pronunciation you desire as many will drop the umlaut and just read it as Noel (also the umlaut isn't found on most English keyboards making it harder to spell the name the way you want it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    I've always seen the boys name as Noel (without the umlaut and therefore pronounced 'nole') and the girls name as Noelle, pronounced as if it has the umlaut but not spelt with it.

    I see 'noël' as just a word.
    Same here. I think Noel for a boy is prn 'nole' same as Joel. But if you do use the umlaut I would say no-el, but maybe with the emphasis on the first syllable, versus no-ELLE for a girl.
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    Go with Noelle, no umlaut. Take that from someone whose name has an accent aigu that consonantly gets dropped or confuses people.

    Noelle is the feminine version. Noel is the masculine version.
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