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Quick Facts on Noel

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 383
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Noel

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Noel

Noel is an English masculine name from the French word for Christmas (noël). It was generally used for children born on or around Christmas Day and is considered unisex (although Noelle is the more common spelling for girls today). Noel is familiar to most people as a common refrain in Christmas carols. It is almost always pronounced “no-EL” except as masculine given name we generally use the one syllable “NOHL”. The multi-talented Noël Coward was a famous name bearer in the 20th century, hailing from England he was a famous playwright, director and actor known for his flamboyant style and sophisticated wit. We were surprised to see how popular the male name Noel is in Sweden, Croatia and Hungary. It has never been an ϋber-favorite among English speakers but it has been in consistent use nonetheless.

Popularity of the Name Noel

Noel has maintained a spot on the American male naming charts since 1880 – which is as far back as the U.S. government has tracked naming trends. It has primarily been used as a boy’s name, although Noel did appear on the American female naming charts between 1932 and 1998. Today, Noelle is the preferred spelling for little girls. Noel has never been fashionable or overused as a boy’s name; it has never achieved a spot on the charts higher than #266 (1938). And yet this is a name that still feels chic and stylish in its own confident way – a name that refuses to follow the trends and continues to endure despite its modesty. It’s one of those names that has a certain jazz-like coolness without having to scream “Hey, I’m cool!” It also has that erudite British sound to it (like Liam, Beckett, Colin or Oliver) for all those Anglophile parents out there. Noel is a great choice for non-trendy American parents, or for parents of a Christmas baby.
Popularity of the Boy Name Noel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Noel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Noel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Noel

    Noel We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Noel.

  • Popular Songs on Noel

    Popular Songs on Noel

    First Noel - a song by Brian McKnight

    First Noel - a song by Dolly Parton

    It Came Upon A Midnight Clear / The First Noel - a song by Babyface

    Noel - a song by All Time Low

    Noel Leon - a song by George Strait

    Stroke It Noel - a song by Big Star

    The First Noel - a song by Elvis Presley

    The First Noel - a song by Frank Sinatra

    The First Noel - a song by Sarah McLachlan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Noel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Noel

    Jenny Giraffe Discovers Papa Noel (Cecilia Dartez) - Jenny Giraffe is all set for the big Christmas parade, the caroling, and especially the arrival of Papa Nokl. Luckily for her, her friends are going to teach her all about the joyous season through the special Christmas celebrations in Louisiana. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    My Dear Noel (Jane Johnson) - "I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits, whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter". A little boy called Noel is friends with Beatrix Potter. When he falls ill, she finds a way to cheer him up, even though she is far away. The original version of "Peter Rabbit" is included. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon ~ I Mean Noel (Ellen Raskin) - For the answers to many important questions, children should try this "story crammed with baffling word puzzles, a dozen zany characters, uproariously funny situations, and unmitigated slapstick." Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Waiting for Nöel: An Advent Story (Ann Dixon) - “When the earth is frozen into stillness, / the first Advent candle is lit. / With hope for good things to come, / we await the Christmas babe.” As Nöel's family lights the Advent candles each week before Christmas, Nöel's father tells her the special story of the year her family waited and prepared for her birth on Christmas Day. Waiting for Nöel helps children understand the season of Advent as a joyful time of anticipation and preparation. As Nöel's family lights each Advent candle, they celebrate God's gifts of hope, peace, joy, faith, and love. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Noel

    Famous People Named Noel

    Famous People Named Noel - Noël Coward (playwright/actor); Noel Blanc (son of voice actor Mel Blanc); Noel Clarke (actor); Noel Ellis (football player); Noel Ferrier (actor); Noel Gallagher (musician with Oasis); Noël Godin (Belgian writer); Noel Harrison (actor); Noel Prefontaine (football player); Noel "Paul" Stookey (musician Paul of the folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary)

  • Children of Famous People Named Noel

    Children of Famous People Named Noel

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Noel - Merle Haggard (country musician); Mel Blanc (voice actor and comedian)

  • Historic Figures

    Noel - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Noel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Noel.

Personality of the Boy Name Noel

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Noel

  • No Variations Found.
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