Joel

Gender: Masculine
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.
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Jolyon

Gender: Male
Origin: English
Meaning: Old English form of Julian
Pronunciation: (Jole-yon)

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.