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Joel Name Popularity

How popular is the name Joel? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Joel was the 188th most popular boys name, representing 0.1531% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Joel has been the 129th most popular boys name, representing 0.1765% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 369 19 0.0054%
1911 453 14 0.0038%
1912 333 89 0.0176%
1913 321 117 0.0206%
1914 336 153 0.022%
1915 320 227 0.025%
1916 310 240 0.0248%
1917 304 268 0.0268%
1918 300 302 0.0281%
1919 295 305 0.0291%
1920 315 296 0.0266%
1921 289 344 0.03%
1922 298 328 0.0294%
1923 297 318 0.0284%
1924 291 350 0.0301%
1925 297 329 0.0291%
1926 292 337 0.0306%
1927 291 349 0.0315%
1928 276 383 0.0358%
1929 271 383 0.037%
1930 266 411 0.0393%
1931 244 433 0.0439%
1932 204 594 0.0601%
1933 186 631 0.0677%
1934 172 782 0.0809%
1935 158 884 0.091%
1936 143 1,047 0.1087%
1937 140 1,086 0.1102%
1938 135 1,241 0.1212%
1939 134 1,281 0.1259%
1940 141 1,254 0.118%
1941 142 1,305 0.1159%
1942 132 1,576 0.1248%
1943 128 1,720 0.1318%
1944 125 1,693 0.1366%
1945 132 1,578 0.1294%
1946 127 1,988 0.1347%
1947 133 2,126 0.1274%
1948 137 2,015 0.1262%
1949 136 1,974 0.1227%
1950 130 2,036 0.1265%
1951 129 2,156 0.1272%
1952 131 2,220 0.1272%
1953 134 2,291 0.1294%
1954 127 2,586 0.1415%
1955 121 2,794 0.1519%
1956 106 3,424 0.1813%
1957 105 3,593 0.1867%
1958 120 3,213 0.17%
1959 116 3,453 0.1817%
1960 110 3,703 0.1954%
1961 110 3,509 0.1859%
1962 113 3,297 0.1796%
1963 110 3,225 0.1797%
1964 110 3,134 0.178%
1965 113 2,860 0.1749%
1966 102 3,223 0.2064%
1967 90 3,471 0.2287%
1968 80 3,683 0.2453%
1969 80 3,682 0.239%
1970 82 3,842 0.2414%
1971 86 3,499 0.2329%
1972 77 3,527 0.259%
1973 73 3,565 0.275%
1974 75 3,493 0.2687%
1975 74 3,728 0.2901%
1976 72 3,725 0.289%
1977 73 3,824 0.2837%
1978 74 3,811 0.2835%
1979 71 4,215 0.2989%
1980 67 4,568 0.3124%
1981 65 4,541 0.3089%
1982 69 4,439 0.2971%
1983 67 4,347 0.2946%
1984 66 4,517 0.3036%
1985 67 4,625 0.3047%
1986 72 4,507 0.2986%
1987 74 4,135 0.271%
1988 85 3,935 0.2525%
1989 88 3,930 0.2435%
1990 94 3,995 0.241%
1991 100 3,760 0.2307%
1992 100 3,659 0.2292%
1993 101 3,550 0.2277%
1994 108 3,359 0.2189%
1995 120 3,093 0.2052%
1996 124 2,986 0.1994%
1997 126 2,978 0.2014%
1998 117 3,165 0.2115%
1999 114 3,175 0.212%
2000 112 3,370 0.2206%
2001 126 3,154 0.2093%
2002 123 3,173 0.2117%
2003 124 3,232 0.2124%
2004 124 3,223 0.2115%
2005 123 3,262 0.2134%
2006 123 3,436 0.2194%
2007 123 3,405 0.2158%
2008 113 3,734 0.2416%
2009 116 3,546 0.2372%
2010 132 3,046 0.2114%
2011 133 3,043 0.2136%
2012 145 2,765 0.194%
2013 144 2,703 0.1899%
2014 154 2,651 0.182%
2015 158 2,586 0.1777%
2016 166 2,401 0.1665%
2017 178 2,219 0.159%
2018 188 2,103 0.1531%

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Names Like Joel

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What names are variants of Joel?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Joel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Joell

Jehovah is the Lord

Hebrew

Yoel

Jehovah is the Lord

Hebrew

#1,093 (0.0076%)  

What names sound like Joel?

If you like how Joel sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Joel.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Jael

Mountain goat

Hebrew

#1,183 (0.0066%)  
Yael

Mountain goat; heights, upland; fertile moor

Welsh

#876 (0.0128%)  

Lists With Joel

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Siblings of Joel

Mamas with kids named Joel also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Isaac

He will laugh

Hebrew

#34 (0.6127%)  
Declan

Full of goodness

Irish

#101 (0.276%)  
Adelyn

Noble one

German

#222 (0.0982%)  
Naomi

Pleasant one

Hebrew

#64 (0.277%)  

3 Comments

  1. He’s fathers name and my kids name start we A and the mildle name is J but this baby is different he’s first name start we J and the middle name is Amir

  2. Joel is a family name from my husband’s side. I think it fits our son quite well. I also love that is a biblical name that isn’t used very often these days.

  3. My husband always loved the name Joel, but it took me a while to come around. At first, I was concerned that it sounded too tough, but since giving it more consideration, I have come to think of it as a gentle, sweet name. My husband and I love Joel Plaskett and got engaged at one of his concerts. We have seen him multiple times, and also love Billy Joel (who we have also seen in concert a few times). We also liked having a name that was biblical. We love our little Joel-y.


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