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Noel

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59k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Noel

"Noel" is a name 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
Wiktionary

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 Named Noel

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

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 is a United States ambassador to Sudan.

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    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 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 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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    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 223 18 205
    1927 248 19 229
    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 443 112 331
    1949 426 84 342
    1950 390 84 306
    1951 406 90 316
    1952 415 76 339
    1953 434 98 336
    1954 448 96 352
    1955 468 132 336
    1956 489 98 391
    1957 457 78 379
    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 672 166 506
    1975 673 172 501
    1976 600 159 441
    1977 627 180 447
    1978 599 185 414
    1979 679 185 494
    1980 647 188 459
    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 754 244 510
    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 703 159 544
    2011 752 165 587
    2012 825 145 680
    2013 956 181 775
    2014 1,103 204 899
    2015 1,068 208 860
    2016 1,046 202 844

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    Popularity of Noel as a first name

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    Popularity of Noel as a last name

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    Common last names for Noel

    • Smith
    • 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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    Fun Facts about the name Noel

    • How Popular is the name Noel? Noel is the 887th most popular name of all time. As a last name Noel was the 1,103rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Noel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 59,064 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 Lone. 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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    • 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.
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