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Jole, Jo-el

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Origin & Meaning

The name Joel is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Joel is "the lord is G-d".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 154 in baby name popularity for boys with 2641 occurrences.  It ranked 9753 in popular baby names for girls with 11 occurrences. 

View the Joel Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Joel has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Joel to other names.


The name Joel is an Anglicized form of the Hebrew name Yoel (יוֹאֵל). It is derived from the Hebrew elements yo an abbreviated form for the Name of the Lord and el an abbreviated form of elohim meaning "G-d".

In the Bible, Joel was one of the twelve minor prophets and author of the Book of Joel.


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Related Names

Joel is a form of the name Yoel.

The names Adonijah, Joeliyn, Joell, Joella, Joelle, Joellen, Joelliana, Joelliane are all forms of Joel.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Joel Grey.

Name Fun

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.