Gender: Male Meaning of Joel: "Jehovah is his God" Origin of Joel: Hebrew Joel's Popularity in 2019: #187

Joel Origin and Meaning

The name Joel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "Jehovah is his God".

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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Rank in US: #187

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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.