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Nice unisex name :)
Curious me  9/6/2018
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Noel is a character from the anime Hamtaro. He is Stan's owner.
Buneary  4/28/2018
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I've always pronounced Noel as "NO-ELLE". If you're going to pronounce it as "NOLL", just name your kid Knoll instead and save time.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2018
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Noel should be pronounced as No-elle all the time since "Zoe" is pronounced as "Zo-ey" even without the accent dots over "e".
XYKLONE  12/21/2017
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So do you pronounce the word Doe as Doh-ee? Names can be pronounced multiple ways, there isn’t just one!
― Anonymous User  12/24/2017
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My name is Noel; I'm male and it's pronounced 'no el'.
NoelElijah  8/18/2017
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This name charted 1st place in 2014 in Albania and still was 1st place in 2012. (source: http://www.babynames.ch/Info/Name/naNoel).
cutenose  2/16/2017
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Noel Rosa was a Brazilian songwriter, singer, and guitar/mandolin player. One of the greatest names in Brazilian popular music, Noel gave a new twist to samba, combining its Afro-Brazilian roots with a more urban, witty language and making it a vehicle for ironic social commentary.
lilolaf  2/2/2017
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I find this thread fascinating. My name is Noell, pronounced No-ell. I was the first-born child, a girl, delivered on Mother's Day. I live in West Virginia and never met another No-ell in my life, but know of a local family with the surname 'Noell', pronounced Noll. My favorite thing, besides its originality, is challenging wanna-be comedians to come up with a 'funny' I haven't heard. I believe names mean something special to the person bestowing it, regardless of what some book may say.
NoeJohns  12/27/2016
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Also used in Hungary. Pronounced: NO-el.
HerculePoirot  8/24/2016
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The name Noel was given to 207 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
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I do like this name, but for a boy, I would use the pronunciation of "Nole" only. Sorry but "No-elle" sounds strictly feminine. I prefer:

Noel (Nole) for boys
Noelle for girls

And also, this name could be used as a diminutive\nickname of "Nolan" but probably spelled as "Nole". For some reason, Nole isn't in the database.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2016
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Love this for a boy; it's so handsome and warm. (Pronouncing it NOL)
silly_rabbit  11/25/2015
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I guess it depends on where you live. I have never heard of a NOL in my life. I have known lots of Noel's and they are NO-EL. The latter sounding wayyy better in my opinion.
kamriah143  8/25/2015
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I am English and we (as said above) have Noel Edmunds, Noel Gallagher, Noel Clarke and, my favourite and namesake of a possible future son, Noel Fielding; all pronounced no-uhl by everyone I know in my area, Nole by my cockney friends!
Dee Nona  3/18/2015
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Noel spelled backwards is another common name, Leon. The name pairs Amir-Rima and Ellen-Nelle have this property too.
MKemmel  2/14/2015
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Why does everyone pronounce this as no-EL? It's Noel-ryhmes-with-Joel. You don't say jo-EL, so why say no-EL? I guess this name is relatively unknown where I live, or just in America in general. Or I guess Americans never got around to listening to Wonderwall.

If I ever have a son, I will name him Noel. It is unique but at the same time not strange. It has a strong sound to it while at the same time sounds honest and kind. What I love about this name is that it is simple yet meaningful.
codenameflame  2/28/2012
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Noel Rosa (December 11, 1910 - May 4, 1937), Brazilian samba musician. Singer, songwriter, guitar/banjo player and one of the most important artists of Brazilian music.
Arialblack  12/17/2011
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What happened? I thought this was a girl name?
― Anonymous User  10/24/2010
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To the person who thought this was a girl name, you're thinking of Noelle. Noel is supposed to be used for boys, although it has some feminine usage recorded (which I find a little tacky). This name is kind of growing on me pronounced no-ELL, but I've always liked the nole pronunciation. At first sight I think a lot of people would say no-ELL, so I know this sounds bad but maybe spell it Nole or Noll if you want the latter pronunciation.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2013
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I can't stand it when people use this name on girls. Noel is for guys, Noelle for girls.
Chrila96  10/19/2010
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I live in the NW US. I usually hear this name pronounced NOL. Occasionally I've heard NO-wul. I've always heard Christmas cards with Noel on them pronounced as no-EL, but I've never heard this pronunciation for a *person* named Noel.
earthnut  10/13/2010
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Noel is the French word for Christmas and is a not-too-uncommon name for children born during the Christmas season.

However, there is an assertion that Noel does NOT mean "birth". Sorry, but ultimately it does. Romance (that mean Latin-derived) languages' word for "Christmas" is usually some derivative of the natalis -- Latin for "birth". Noel is Old French, and is, indeed Latin-derived.

The English male name is commonly pronounced No-wuhl, but if it is accompanied by a trema (two dots over the "e") then it is pronounced No-el (to the English-trained ear this sounds like No-well, but there is a subtle difference).

Technically, if it is a female name, it should be spelled Noelle. However, some women are named with the masculine spelling and the French pronunciation, especially if they are Christmas babies.
NoelFigart  8/28/2009
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The meaning, the sound of it (when pronounced NOL, that is), everything about it just tickles me to the core. Plus it gives me a very distinctly British impression, which is a plus (I can't help it, I'm an anglophile). Noel will be my baby boy's name, if I ever have one. It makes me think of sexy British guys; I want my son to be a sexy British guy (or at least sexy).
DuskyJewel  5/13/2009
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I know a girl (born the day after Christmas), with the middle name Noel. She pronounces it no-ELL. It's alright. I definitely prefer no-ELL over NOLL, which sounds clumsy. But for a girl I prefer Noelle.
emmiix3  3/14/2009
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I wish it was pronounced NO-el, with the emphasis on the first syllable. I find it more mature-sounding, like Neal etc. Noel sounds so feminine and a bit like a lower class name. And it sounds kitschy. I only like the pronunciation no-EL in France where it is simply the correct pronunciation.
LoQuiero  1/6/2009
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I love this name, but only pronounced no-EL. I have NEVER heard this name pronounced NOL, and I don't know why anyone would degrade this name with that awful pronunciation. I also like the name Noelle. If I have a boy on Christmas I might give this as a middle name, if I have a girl on Christmas I might give Noelle as a middle name.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2008
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Don't forget Noel Edmonds.
― Anonymous User  11/13/2008
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Noel can also be used as a feminine name and was a popular girls name in the early 1900s. A famous woman was author Noel Streatfeild 1895-1986.
roseredfearn  9/29/2008
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There's every reason to prononce Noel as no-EL if that is how your parents spell the name they gave you. I named my daughter Noel and I wanted it spelled just as it is seen everywhere at Christmas. Every year since before I was born my Grandma put large electric candels in her front window that had NOEL on them and my favorite memory is driving up to their house at night and seeing those glowing in the window.
adriannelisa  3/14/2008
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Noel is a boys' name, and it's pronounced NOL. If you want a girls' name pronounced no-EL, that is Noelle. Unless you are French, there is no reason to pronounce Noel as no-EL, and even then, it is masculine.
Skittsie13  2/19/2008
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This is my father's name. I like it and I would use it as a middle name if I had a son or Noelle as a first name if I had a daughter. It isn't overused and suits people young and old.
― Anonymous User  2/4/2008
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I love the name Noel, it can be a great name for a guy (sounds strong when you pronounce it like noll) but it's so pretty for a girl (especially one born around Christmas).
Someone brilliant who has this name, for all you amazing Doctor Who fans, Noel Clarke (Mickey Smith). Gotta love him!
carlisle_01  1/11/2008
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I've always pronounced it no-ELL. The only person I know with this name is female, though, so it might be pronounced differently for boys.
nessime  1/9/2008
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This is the real name of Paul Stookey of the trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
Zenith87  12/8/2007
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I don't know about it being *normally* pronounced in the USA as "NOL". I've lived in the US all my life and only heard it as "no-EL" until recently when I saw something about Tropical Storm Noel on the news and noticed they were pronouncing it the other way.
Aughadan  11/1/2007
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Also an unusual masculine name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/2/2007
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Noel can also be used for females.
Miracle1980Olympics  6/10/2007
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Noel means birth in France.
honungspinglan  1/8/2007
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Noel does not mean "birth" in France. It means "Christmas"! "Naissanie" means "birth".
elliebeth  2/16/2007
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I have always loved this name and it's also my husbands name. A lot of people call him No-ell and he hates it, he's always fast to correct them.
jjsrule2  12/15/2006
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I'm pretty sure that you can pronounce it "No-elle". I know someone named this and that's how she pronounces it.
flipflop1215  12/11/2006
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Noel Fielding plays Vince Noir in the comedy series The Mighty Boosh.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2006
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This name is also spelt Noël, like the word in French.
― Anonymous User  12/2/2006
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I love this name, for both genders. It's very pretty and reminds me of bells.
tokidoki_xx  11/23/2006
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Actually in the USA this name is normally pronounced as one syllable, rhyming with "hole" or "mole".
clevelandkentevans  10/25/2006
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This is my middle name; I'm a girl but I was named after my great-grandfather, so I spell it the masculine way. I love this name.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2006
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Anyone who lives in England knows Noel Edmonds. If you don't then where have you been? He is known for his appealing shirts which apparently were bought by his daughters, as he has no fashion sense AT ALL. He is the presenter of Deal or No Deal. And, before it ended Noel's House Party. He doesn't like Mr Blobby.
Luangi  8/11/2006
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Noel Blanc is the son of Looney Tunes/Hanna-Barbera voice actor Mel Blanc.
― Anonymous User  7/26/2006
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Another famous bearer is Noel Coward (playwright etc).
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005
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I love this name, it's pretty.
charis  10/27/2005
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Actually pronounced NOLL, like Knoll.
mariej2  8/31/2005
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English speakers normally pronounce this 'NOH-ull'. It can also be a female name, as in Noel Streatfield, who wrote the 'Gemma' books of the 60s/70s.
Elly747  10/29/2005
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A famous bearer of this name is Noel Gallagher of the British rock band Oasis.
― Anonymous User  8/12/2005

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