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Noel

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 10 0 10
1881 13 0 13
1882 10 0 10
1883 5 0 5
1884 12 0 12
1885 8 0 8
1886 6 0 6
1887 5 0 5
1888 13 0 13
1889 13 0 13
1890 10 0 10
1891 9 0 9
1892 16 0 16
1893 11 0 11
1894 23 0 23
1895 17 0 17
1896 12 0 12
1897 13 0 13
1898 23 0 23
1899 21 0 21
1900 18 0 18
1901 16 0 16
1902 22 0 22
1903 28 0 28
1904 22 0 22
1905 39 0 39
1906 33 0 33
1907 32 0 32
1908 47 0 47
1909 50 5 45
1910 44 0 44
1911 49 6 43
1912 86 6 80
1913 133 5 128
1914 147 11 136
1915 232 9 223
1916 197 16 181
1917 207 15 192
1918 203 17 186
1919 183 18 165
1920 224 18 206
1921 193 12 181
1922 219 12 207
1923 193 6 187
1924 213 17 196
1925 218 20 198
1926 222 18 204
1927 249 19 230
1928 295 30 265
1929 273 32 241
1930 249 35 214
1931 313 36 277
1932 351 51 300
1933 351 32 319
1934 367 40 327
1935 381 42 339
1936 371 46 325
1937 439 64 375
1938 486 61 425
1939 452 57 395
1940 448 73 375
1941 421 85 336
1942 461 94 367
1943 468 71 397
1944 430 70 360
1945 415 98 317
1946 440 105 335
1947 505 123 382
1948 441 112 329
1949 426 84 342
1950 390 84 306
1951 405 90 315
1952 415 76 339
1953 435 98 337
1954 447 96 351
1955 468 132 336
1956 488 98 390
1957 458 78 380
1958 523 81 442
1959 521 72 449
1960 468 77 391
1961 490 59 431
1962 479 60 419
1963 471 87 384
1964 482 110 372
1965 497 109 388
1966 620 151 469
1967 814 245 569
1968 845 206 639
1969 785 183 602
1970 876 200 676
1971 845 204 641
1972 718 181 537
1973 660 175 485
1974 673 166 507
1975 674 172 502
1976 600 159 441
1977 627 180 447
1978 599 185 414
1979 678 185 493
1980 648 188 460
1981 661 187 474
1982 649 179 470
1983 683 221 462
1984 719 241 478
1985 746 301 445
1986 726 253 473
1987 799 336 463
1988 803 315 488
1989 834 273 561
1990 843 255 588
1991 805 269 536
1992 753 243 510
1993 714 221 493
1994 727 224 503
1995 747 226 521
1996 759 242 517
1997 808 264 544
1998 738 243 495
1999 761 199 562
2000 821 205 616
2001 793 210 583
2002 740 192 548
2003 699 185 514
2004 740 168 572
2005 772 182 590
2006 786 180 606
2007 828 193 635
2008 769 178 591
2009 735 180 555
2010 702 159 543
2011 752 165 587
2012 825 145 680
2013 956 181 775
2014 1,103 204 899
2015 1,065 207 858

Fun Facts about the name Noel

  • How many people with the first name Noel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 58,012 babies born with the first name Noel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Noel to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Noel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Noel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Noel is Tuesday, September 19th, 1854.
  • What year had the most people named Noel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Noel was in 2014 with a total of 899 babies.
  • Random Noel Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Noel ranks 89th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 7 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Noel: Your name in reverse order is Leon. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leno. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Noel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,768 people with the last name Noel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Noel? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Noel as their last name.
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Common last names for Noel

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  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Miller
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Roberts
  • White
  • Wright
  • Adams
  • Turner

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Noel U.S.
  White 59.83% 64.26%
  African American 33.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Noel

People with the last name Noel are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Noel" mean? The list below shows the origins of Noel as well as things modernly associated with the name Noel such as celebrities named Noel.

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Origin and Meaning of Noel

The name "Noel" is of French origin, and it means "Born on Christmas Day". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun No"el
Same as Nowel.

Etymology: F. noël, L. natalis birthday, fr. natalis natal. See Natal

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Period extending from Dec. 24 to Jan. 6

From Old French Noel (“Christmas”), from Latin nātālis [diēs Dominī] (“birthday of the Lord”).

  1. (literary or old-fashioned) Christmas.

From Noel in the sense of Christmas; given since Middle Ages to children born at Christmastide.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A female given name.
  3. A patronymic surname​.
  4. A city in Missouri.
  5. A community in Nova Scotia, Canada.

    Noel was also found in the following language(s): Old French, Swedish, and Turkish

    Notable Persons With the Name Noel

    Noel Gallagher

    Noel Gallagher is a rock music, britpop, alternative rock, and psychedelic rock musician. He plays Gibson ES-335, Gibson Les Paul, Fender Telecaster, Gibson Guitar Corporation, Epiphone, and Rickenbacker 330. He has been prominent since 1991. Noel was given the name Noel Thomas David Gallagher on May 29th, 1967 in Manchester, England.

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    Noel Fielding

    Noel Fielding is a surreal humour and black comedy comedian. Noel was born on May 21st, 1973 in Westminster, London, England.

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    Noel Fisher

    Noel Fisher is an actor. He was most active from 1999 to present. Noel was born on March 13th, 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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    Scott Walker

    Scott Walker is an avant-garde music, experimental music, art rock, and baroque pop musician. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Electronic keyboard, and Vocals. He holds the title Jackie". His ongoing career started in 1958. Scott was given the name Noel Scott Engel on January 9th, 1943. Scott is also known as Scott Walker.

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    Noel Tata

    Noel Tata is a chairman of trent ltd, managing director of tata international, tata group, and managing director oftata international. Noel was born in 1957.

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    Noel Clarke

    Noel Clarke is an actor, writer, producer, and director. His ongoing career started in 1999. Noel was born on December 6th, 1975.

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    • Noel Edmonds
      (presenter)
    • Noël Wells
      (actress)
    • Noel Redding
      (musician)
    • Paul Stookey
      (singer-songwriter)
    • Noel Neill
      (actress)
    • Noel Harrison
      (actor)
    • Noel Ignatiev
      (important human)
    • Noel Hogan
      (musician)
    • Noel Godfrey Chavasse
      (military person)
    • Noel Hunt
      (soccer player)
    • Detail
      (record producer)
    • Noel Devine
      (football player)
    • Noel Carroll
      (famous somebody)
    • Noel Purcell
      (film)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Noel

    Nerlens Noel

    Nerlens Noel is a basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to present. Nerlens was born on April 10th, 1994 in Malden, Massachusetts.

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    Sak Noel

    Sak Noel is a house music, trap music, latin music (genre), and hip hop music disc jockey and record producer. He has been prominent since 2011. Sak was given the name Isaac Mahmood Noell on April 12th, 1983 in La Cellera de Ter. Sak is also known as Sak Noel.

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    Jr. Cleo A. Noel

    Jr. Cleo A. Noel is a United States ambassador to Sudan.

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    Alyson Noël

    Alyson Noël is a young-adult fiction, paranormal romance, and chick lit writer. She was most active from 2005 to present. Alyson was born in 3 in Laguna Beach, California, United States.

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    Magali Noël

    Magali Noël was an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1951 to 2002. Magali was born on June 27th, 1931 in İzmir, Turkey. She breathed her last breath on June 23rd, 2015.

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    David Noel

    David Noel is a basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Blue, Joventut Badalona, New Mexico Thunderbirds, Reno Bighorns, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Chorale Roanne Basket, Paris-Levallois Basket, and BCM Gravelines. His ongoing career started in 2006. David was born on February 27th, 1984 in Durham, North Carolina.

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    What does the name Noel mean?

    Nis for nurturing, the care you provide to all

    Ois for optimistic, look at the bright side!

    Eis for enamoured, forever will your children be with you

    Lis for love, everlasting.

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