Gender: Male Meaning of Noel: "Christmas" Origin of Noel: French Noel's Popularity in 2018: #405

Noel Origin and Meaning

The name Noel is a boy's name of French origin meaning "Christmas".

Noel is British, fey, and sophisticated, connoting wit and creativity, much like namesake Noel Coward. Noel has also been a character on Felicity and Pretty Little Liars. Thanks to their association with Christmas, Noel and Noelle make ideal names for December babies and names for Christmas babies.

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Rank in US: #405

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Famous People Named Noel

Pop Culture References for the name Noel

Nata, Noél, Nowell, Natal, Noell, Noël, Nole, Nowel, Noli, Natale

Noel's International Variations

Nollaig (Irish Gaelic) Novelo (Spanish)


Scorpio Says:


I knew a guy named Noel. He was from Quebec, and pronounced it like "no-elle", not "nole".

kriselle_e Says:


Love the name pronounced as Nole but I don't like the meaning; it's too seasonal if that makes sense. It would seem odd to have a July baby with a name meaning Christmas

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Starelli Says:


Noel Gallagher, anyone?

Starelli Says:


Noel sounds like it's spelled ("nole").

eveyalecia Says:


On boys, usually NOLE. On girls, usually NO-ELLE. Phonetically, in order for it so be pronounced NO-ELLE, it should be spelled either Noelle or Noël.

ThistleThorn Says:


Is this pronounced like NO-ELLE or like NOLE

Deannie Leigh Says:


Love it! Baby namesake noel fielding <3

cdiana Says:


My husband's grandfather was a Noel, pronounced like "nole". I would spell the feminine version Noelle.

summerrae Says:


I think this is more of a girl name. Noel for a girl, Noah for a boy

eveyalecia Says:


Also, personally, I like Noel much better than Niall/Nile, so it all comes down to personal preference.

eveyalecia Says:


You can like a name even if it's the name of someone you're not particularly fond of... Especially since, as you said, people might not have heard of him (I live in the US, and I had to Google him).

Essa Says:


People who like this name have clearly never heard of Noel Edmunds. Niall/Nile is a much better name! I even think the female Noelle is nicer than Noel.

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senseandsensibility Says:


My current favorite! Love this name so much :)

eveyalecia Says:


Never would have looked twice if it hadn't been for Noel Fisher. Now, it's growing on me!