Origin: Biblical Hebrew יוֹאֵל
Meaning: “Yahweh is God.”
Eng (JOLE); Fre (zhoh-EL); Germ (YOH-el)
The name is derived from the Hebrew male name, Yo’el (יוֹאֵל), meaning, “Yahweh is God.” The name is borne in the Old Testament by a minor prophet.
Currently, Joel is the 14th most popular male name in German-speaking, Switzerland, (2010). And his rankings in other countries are as follows:
- # 20 (Catalonia, 2010)
- # 33 (Finland, 2010)
- # 39 (Gioele, Italian-speaking, Switzerland, 2010)
- # 46 (Germany, 2011)
- # 50 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
- # 58 (Spain, 2010)
- # 59 (Sweden, 2010)
- # 79 (New Zealand, 2010)
- # 81 (England/Wales, 2010)
- # 99 (Australia, 2010)
- # 132 (United States, 2010)
- # 152 (Netherlands, 2010)
- # 161 (Scotland, 2010)
Other forms of the name include:
- Joel (Catalan/English/Finnish/Polish/Portuguese/Romansch/Scandinavian/Spanish)
- Joël (Dutch/German/French)
- Yo’el יוֹאֵל (Hebrew)
- Gioele (Italian)
A French feminine form is Joëlle.
Meaning: Old English form of Julian
The name was reintroduced to the modern world through the author John Galsworthy who used the name for a character in his novels, The Forsyte Saga (1922).
The name has recently become trendy in the United Kingdom.
Possible nickname options include Jo and Joel.