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Joel Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Joel?

In 2017 the somewhat popular name Joel, ranked the 177th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States.

Presently one of the top 250 most popular, Joel has been a top 500 placer since the Social Security Administration began keeping records in 1880.

Position 65, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1981.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1985 with 4,625 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Joel in any given year was 31 in 1897.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Joel occurred roughly during the years 1890-1893, 1895-1898, 1901-1905, 1908-1918, 1929-1938, 1939-1947, 1949-1956, and 1976-1980, whereas clearly downward trends happened around 2014-2016.

The popularity trend for Joel has been moving downward for a while. In recent years, continuing the trend, the number of babies given the name Joel has dropped.

What does the future hold for the popularity of Joel?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a mid point.

The name Joel is favored by many parents but will probably continue to drift downward in popularity.

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   Joel (Girl)Joel (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2017 6 14,823 2,242 177
2016 10 10,405 2,417 166
2015 5 17,630 2,596 158
2014 11 9,807 2,662 154
2013 < 5 -- 2,722 144
2012 < 5 -- 2,776 144
2011 13 8,853 3,052 132
2010 9 11,690 3,060 132
2009 5 18,574 3,559 115
2008 9 12,027 3,741 113
2007 10 11,177 3,419 123
2006 14 8,454 3,453 123
2005 13 8,555 3,271 123
2004 12 8,949 3,233 124
2003 10 9,992 3,244 124
2002 15 7,217 3,186 122
2001 15 7,111 3,166 126
2000 15 6,965 3,378 112
1999 17 6,032 3,184 115
1998 15 6,512 3,170 117
1997 19 5,303 2,988 126
1996 23 4,499 3,004 124
1995 25 4,142 3,100 120
1994 24 4,302 3,366 108
1993 29 3,717 3,557 101
1992 24 4,294 3,662 100
1991 39 2,953 3,760 100
1990 37 3,042 3,998 95
1989 24 4,055 3,938 88
1988 42 2,563 3,935 85
1987 35 2,806 4,135 75
1986 49 2,155 4,507 72
1985 38 2,559 4,625 67
1984 44 2,241 4,521 66
1983 49 2,052 4,347 67
1982 40 2,422 4,442 69
1981 47 2,170 4,541 65
1980 47 2,168 4,568 67
1979 40 2,357 4,215 71
1978 43 2,167 3,811 74
1977 47 2,037 3,824 73
1976 34 2,405 3,725 72
1975 41 2,106 3,732 74
1974 52 1,743 3,493 75
1973 27 2,649 3,569 74
1972 42 1,952 3,531 78
1971 47 1,860 3,499 86
1970 43 1,967 3,842 82
1969 75 1,308 3,682 80
1968 69 1,339 3,683 80
1967 72 1,271 3,477 90
1966 102 1,025 3,229 102
1965 37 1,899 2,860 114
1964 22 2,706 3,138 110
1963 19 2,910 3,235 110
1962 20 2,769 3,303 113
1961 25 2,432 3,512 110
1960 23 2,545 3,711 110
1959 15 3,165 3,461 116
1958 30 2,042 3,219 120
1957 26 2,195 3,600 104
1956 23 2,348 3,435 106
1955 24 2,246 2,801 121
1954 30 1,918 2,595 127
1953 22 2,263 2,301 134
1952 26 1,995 2,229 132
1951 14 2,859 2,162 129
1950 28 1,809 2,046 130
1949 13 2,919 1,987 138
1948 25 1,914 2,024 137
1947 30 1,772 2,144 133
1946 24 1,883 1,999 127
1945 24 1,718 1,597 135
1944 22 1,828 1,714 125
1943 29 1,567 1,745 128
1942 25 1,684 1,595 134
1941 17 2,050 1,338 142
1940 24 1,612 1,278 140
1939 24 1,567 1,296 135
1938 20 1,778 1,259 134
1937 26 1,477 1,116 139
1936 32 1,280 1,060 145
1935 30 1,338 919 157
1934 22 1,627 815 172
1933 13 2,328 666 185
1932 14 2,304 624 206
1931 10 2,873 477 242
1930 16 2,149 455 263
1929 14 2,375 420 272
1928 11 2,873 415 278
1927 11 2,952 392 284
1926 10 3,164 379 291
1925 16 2,330 379 294
1924 13 2,737 377 295
1923 12 2,820 348 303
1922 12 2,873 368 294
1921 12 2,851 395 281
1920 < 5 -- 346 308
1919 9 3,325 358 280
1918 9 3,382 348 296
1917 6 4,339 308 301
1916 7 3,725 282 310
1915 6 4,007 272 312
1914 < 5 -- 200 322
1913 < 5 -- 167 310
1912 5 3,192 129 333
1911 < 5 -- 59 359
1910 < 5 -- 55 335
1909 < 5 -- 50 328
1908 < 5 -- 45 339
1907 < 5 -- 54 288
1906 < 5 -- 49 292
1905 < 5 -- 48 289
1904 < 5 -- 43 298
1903 < 5 -- 32 343
1902 < 5 -- 38 314
1901 < 5 -- 34 307
1900 < 5 -- 35 380
1899 < 5 -- 37 286
1898 < 5 -- 48 260
1897 < 5 -- 31 334
1896 < 5 -- 37 307
1895 < 5 -- 37 298
1894 < 5 -- 44 266
1893 < 5 -- 52 240
1892 < 5 -- 39 294
1891 < 5 -- 31 300
1890 < 5 -- 37 287
1889 < 5 -- 37 278
1888 < 5 -- 48 253
1887 < 5 -- 48 229
1886 < 5 -- 49 246
1885 < 5 -- 56 215
1884 < 5 -- 56 221
1883 < 5 -- 51 213
1882 < 5 -- 54 223
1881 < 5 -- 57 198
1880 < 5 -- 41 263

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.