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Gender: F Pronunciation: jo-el Meaning of Joelle: "Jehovah is his God" Origin of Joelle: Feminine variation of Joel, Hebrew

Joel is one of those boys' names that's never been super-popular yet has never been UNpopular either -- it's been in the Top 400 in the US since we started keeping statistics in 1880, and It still ranks at a surprisingly strong Number 159. So it's inevitable that its female form Joelle would gain visibility too, and indeed Joelle was used most widely during Joel's reign in the Top 100, from the late 1960s through the early 1990s.

But here's the important thing to know: Although Joelle fell off the Top 1000 more than a decade ago, it swims just beneath visibility, with 241 baby girls named Joelle in one recent year. And like many other French names for girls, Joelle also ranks high in the Netherlands.

Pronounciation is distinctively two syllables, as if it were two names: Jo Elle. Joel, on the other hand, rhymes with bowl and roll.

Famous People Named Joelle

Joelle Marie Carter, American actress
Joelle Hadjia, Australian pop singer
Joelle ten Damme, Dutch actress and singer
Joëlle Choupay-Mogensen, American pop singer
Joelle Forte, American figure skater
Joelle Amery, English singer and alopecia activist
Joelle Maryn, American actress and model
Joëlle Wintrebert, French novelist
Joëlle Ursull, Guadeloupean-French singer
Joëlle Milquet, Belgian politician
Joëlle Léandre, French bassist
Shea Joelle James (b. 2007), daughter of actor Kevin James
Joelle Joanne "Jojo" Siwa, American reality TV personality ('Dance Moms')
Joelle Murray, Scottish football player

Pop Culture References for the name Joelle

Joelle Van Dyne, character in "Infinite Jest" by David Foster Wallace
Joëlle, character in French film "Day for Night"
Joelle Fillmore, mother to the main character on animated series "Fillmore"