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Joel

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265k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Joel

"Joel" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God Will be Willing". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An Old Testament book telling Joel's prophecies
  2. A Hebrew minor prophet
Wiktionary

Hebrew יוֹאֵל (yoél, “Joel”), from "Yahweh (is) God". As a medieval French and English given name, it is also a rendering of the Breton saint's name Judicaël (related to Joyce and Jocelyn). Confer with Elijah.

  1. A male given name
  2. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  3. (biblical) A minor prophet, a son of Samuel, and other Old Testament persons.

Joel was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Joel

Ethan and Joel Coen is a film directors, producers, screenwriters, film editors, film director, film producer, screenwriter, and film editing. They were most prominent from 1984 to present. Ethan was given the name Joel David Coen on September 21st, 1957 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, U.S. Ethan is also known as Roderick Jaynes.

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Joel Kinnaman is an actor. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Joel was given the name Charles Joel Nordström on November 25th, 1979 in Stockholm. Joel is also known as Nordström and Charles Joel (birth name).

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Joel Edgerton is an actor, director, and filmmaker. He was most active from 1995 to present. Joel was born on June 23rd, 1974 in Blacktown, New South Wales, Australia.

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deadmau5 is a progressive house and electronica musician. He plays Digital audio workstation, Synthesizer, FL Studio, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase, and Reason (software). He was most active from 1994 to present. deadmau5 was given the name Joel Thomas Zimmerman on January 5th, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. deadmau5 is also known as Halcyon441, Karma K, testpilot, Zimmerman, and Joel.

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Joël Matip is a soccer player for the FC Schalke 04, VfL Bochum, and Cameroon national football team. Joël was born on August 8th, 1991 in Bochum, Germany.

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Joel Embiid is a basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2014. Joel was born on March 16th, 1994 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Joel

Billy Joel is a rock music, soft rock, piano rock, pop music, and classical music musician. He plays Steinway & Sons, Hammond organ, Baldwin Piano Company, and Minimoog. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to present. Billy was given the name William Martin Joel on May 9th, 1949 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Alexa Ray Joel is a pop music, soul music, blues, jazz, rock music, and adult contemporary music musician. She plays Piano, Keyboardist, and Vocals. She was most active from 2006 to present. Alexa was born on December 29th, 1985 in Manhattan, New York, U.S.

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Joel was a saint. He holds the title Prophet. He breathed his last breath in 13.

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Phil Joel is a contemporary christian music musician. He was most active from 1990 to 1990. Phil was given the name Philip Joel Urry on January 5th, 1973.

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Lawrence Joel was a military person. His military service ended in 1973. Lawrence was born on February 22nd, 1928 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He breathed his last breath on February 4th, 1984.

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Alexander was born in 1971.

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How popular is the baby name Joel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 41 0 41
1881 57 0 57
1882 54 0 54
1883 51 0 51
1884 56 0 56
1885 56 0 56
1886 49 0 49
1887 48 0 48
1888 48 0 48
1889 37 0 37
1890 37 0 37
1891 31 0 31
1892 39 0 39
1893 52 0 52
1894 44 0 44
1895 37 0 37
1896 37 0 37
1897 31 0 31
1898 48 0 48
1899 37 0 37
1900 35 0 35
1901 34 0 34
1902 38 0 38
1903 32 0 32
1904 43 0 43
1905 48 0 48
1906 49 0 49
1907 54 0 54
1908 45 0 45
1909 50 0 50
1910 55 0 55
1911 59 0 59
1912 134 5 129
1913 167 0 167
1914 200 0 200
1915 278 6 272
1916 289 7 282
1917 314 6 308
1918 357 9 348
1919 367 9 358
1920 346 0 346
1921 407 12 395
1922 380 12 368
1923 360 12 348
1924 390 13 377
1925 395 16 379
1926 389 10 379
1927 403 11 392
1928 426 11 415
1929 434 14 420
1930 471 16 455
1931 487 10 477
1932 638 14 624
1933 679 13 666
1934 837 22 815
1935 949 30 919
1936 1,092 32 1,060
1937 1,142 26 1,116
1938 1,279 20 1,259
1939 1,320 24 1,296
1940 1,302 24 1,278
1941 1,355 17 1,338
1942 1,620 25 1,595
1943 1,774 29 1,745
1944 1,736 22 1,714
1945 1,622 24 1,598
1946 2,023 24 1,999
1947 2,174 30 2,144
1948 2,050 25 2,025
1949 2,000 13 1,987
1950 2,074 28 2,046
1951 2,176 14 2,162
1952 2,255 26 2,229
1953 2,322 22 2,300
1954 2,625 30 2,595
1955 2,822 24 2,798
1956 3,460 23 3,437
1957 3,625 26 3,599
1958 3,250 30 3,220
1959 3,476 15 3,461
1960 3,734 23 3,711
1961 3,537 25 3,512
1962 3,324 20 3,304
1963 3,254 19 3,235
1964 3,161 22 3,139
1965 2,897 37 2,860
1966 3,331 102 3,229
1967 3,549 72 3,477 #90 boy name
1968 3,753 69 3,684 #80 boy name
1969 3,756 75 3,681 #80 boy name
1970 3,885 43 3,842 #82 boy name
1971 3,546 47 3,499 #86 boy name
1972 3,573 42 3,531 #78 boy name
1973 3,598 27 3,571 #73 boy name
1974 3,546 52 3,494 #75 boy name
1975 3,773 41 3,732 #74 boy name
1976 3,759 34 3,725 #72 boy name
1977 3,871 47 3,824 #73 boy name
1978 3,853 43 3,810 #74 boy name
1979 4,253 40 4,213 #71 boy name
1980 4,615 47 4,568 #67 boy name
1981 4,587 46 4,541 #65 boy name
1982 4,482 40 4,442 #69 boy name
1983 4,395 49 4,346 #67 boy name
1984 4,566 44 4,522 #66 boy name
1985 4,662 38 4,624 #67 boy name
1986 4,554 49 4,505 #72 boy name
1987 4,170 35 4,135 #75 boy name
1988 3,977 42 3,935 #85 boy name
1989 3,962 24 3,938 #88 boy name
1990 4,035 37 3,998 #95 boy name
1991 3,799 39 3,760 #100 boy name
1992 3,686 24 3,662 #100 boy name
1993 3,586 29 3,557
1994 3,390 24 3,366
1995 3,125 25 3,100
1996 3,026 23 3,003
1997 3,007 19 2,988
1998 3,185 15 3,170
1999 3,201 17 3,184
2000 3,393 15 3,378
2001 3,180 15 3,165
2002 3,199 15 3,184
2003 3,254 10 3,244
2004 3,245 12 3,233
2005 3,284 13 3,271
2006 3,467 14 3,453
2007 3,429 10 3,419
2008 3,749 9 3,740
2009 3,564 5 3,559
2010 3,068 9 3,059
2011 3,063 13 3,050
2012 2,772 0 2,772
2013 2,722 0 2,722
2014 2,671 11 2,660
2015 2,598 5 2,593
2016 2,420 10 2,410

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Popularity of Joel as a first name

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Common last names for Joel

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  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
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  • Miller
  • Martin
  • Harris
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Allen
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joel U.S.
  White 61.08% 64.26%
  African American 11.50% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 14.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.63% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.73% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joel

People with the last name Joel are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Joel

  • How Popular is the name Joel? Joel is the 279th most popular name of all time. As a last name Joel was the 19,087th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 265,144 babies born with the first name Joel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Joel to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 41 new born babies.
  • When was Joel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Joel is Tuesday, December 10th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Joel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joel was in 1985 with a total of 4,624 babies. That's a lot of babies named Joel!
  • Random Joel Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Joel ranks 66th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 132 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Joel: Your name in reverse order is Leoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ojle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,426 people with the last name Joel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Joel as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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