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Gender: Male Meaning of Joel: "Jehovah is his God" Origin of Joel: Hebrew Joel's Popularity in 2017: #177

The name Joel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah is his God". Joel is ranked #177 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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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.

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, of the tribe of Reuben (1 Chr. 5:4)
Joel, prince of the tribe of Simeon (1 Chr. 4:35)
Joel, the chief of the children of Gad (1 Chr. 5:12)
Joel, brother of Michael, Obadiah, and Ishiah; of the tribe of Issachar (1 Chr. 7:3)
Joel, father of Elkanah; son of Azariah; of the tribe of Levi (1 Chr. 6:36)
Joel, the prophet Samuel's son (1 Sam. 8:2)
Joel, father of the singer Heman; son of Shemuel; of the House of Kohath (1 Chr. 6:33)
Joel, chief of the sons of Gershom (1 Chr. 15:7)
Joel, valiant man in King David's armies; brother of Nathan (1 Chr. 11:38)
Joel, minor prophet in the Old Testament
Joel, Levite in King Hezekiah's reign; son of Azariah (2 Chr. 29:12)
Joel, of the sons of Nebo (Ezra 10:43)
Joel, son of Zichri; governor of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11:9)
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
Billy Joel, singer
Joel Fletcher Charles Birch, vocalist for Australian band The Amity Affliction

Pop Culture References for the name Joel

Joel, twenty-ninth book in the Bible
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, character in the Pegasus Series by Kate O'Hearn
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)


Starelli Says:


Joe isn’t a nickname for Joel though. Unsure why NB says it is.

LV51sfan91 Says:


No need for a nickname!

LV51sfan91 Says:


Love this name pronounced like Cole (Joel). Unfortunately my husband doesn't like it;( The Hispanic way to pronounce it "Joe-el" is nice too!

Destiny_breann Says:


I love the name Joel, I think it's beautiful. Although, I do not like the nickname Joe

EmmaF Says:


I kinda like it, I think it's a way for a Joe to stand out from the crowd, and add a little color to a very simple name. On the other hand, it is fairly middle-aged. And I'm biased, it's a family name.

amajo319 Says:


totally disagree with the nameberry assessment of this name. Joel is completely different from "Joe" which is a nickname for Joseph.