First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
On This Page

How to Pronounce Joule

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce Joule?

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Joule mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Joule

Submit the origin and/or meaning of Joule to us below

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun joule
A unit of work which is equal to 107 ergs (the unit of work in the C. G. S. system of units), and is equivalent to one watt-second, the energy expended in one second by an electric current of one ampere in a resistance of one ohm; also called the absolute joule. It is abbreviated J or j. The international joule is slightly larger, being 1.000167 times the absolute joule. The absolute joule is approximately equal to 0.737562 foot pounds, 0.239006 gram-calories (small calories), and 3.72506 x 10-7 horsepower-hours, and 0.000948451 B.t.u.

Etymology: From the distinguished English physicist, James Prescott Joule 1818-1889)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English physicist who established the mechanical theory of heat and discovered the first law of thermodynamics (1818-1889)
  2. A unit of electrical energy equal to the work done when a current of one ampere passes through a resistance of one ohm for one second
  1. joule

Notable Persons With the Last Name Joule

James Prescott Joule was a scientist in the field of physics. James was born on December 24th, 1818 in Salford, Lancashire, England, UK. He passed away on October 11th, 1889.


Reggie Joule is a Mayor of the Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska, and Mayor of theNorthwest Arctic Borough. Reggie was born on July 14th, 1952 in Nome, Alaska.



Where is the name Joule popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Joule as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Joule as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, New Jersey, or Washington.

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Joule U.S.
  White 77.17% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 12.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Joule

People with the last name Joule are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Joule

  • How Popular is the name Joule? Joule is the 64,233rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Joule was the 133,048th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Joule have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17 babies born with the first name Joule in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Joule? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2014 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Joule born? The highest recorded use of the first name Joule was in 2015 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Joule: Your name in reverse order is Eluoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Juleo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Joule? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 127 people with the last name Joule.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Joule? Joule is one of the most unique last names recorded.

What Joules Have Visited This Page?

Name poster for Joule

Name poster for Joule(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

All Name Lists

  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.