I think if you were to pronounce the "j" sound less blatantly and more like "zhey" it would sound less like "jail".
Jessarii  2/11/2021
Gender: Masculine

Usages: American (Rare)

202 boys in the USA were named "Jael" in 2012.

(Information from name #330835 originally submitted by user LionB3)
― Anonymous User  6/19/2020
The alternate spelling Jaelle is also pretty and makes it more feminine. (I also love the Biblical reference)
Azelie  5/14/2020
Looks too close to "jail".
someone-  4/9/2020
This name can also be MASCULINE in America as a possible variant of Joel.

In the USA, it was given to 202 boys in 2012.
LionB3  4/7/2020
This name is horrific? Doesn’t seem bad AT ALL! Only 24% voted this name bad. In other words, this name is so cute!
― Anonymous User  11/27/2018
Hi. My name is Jael. Yes my name is from the Hebrew bible. I do say that it kinda sounds like Jail and people say mean comments to me about that type of stuff but it's fun to see a lot about my name and the meanings of it.
JaelMarieRamos26  11/13/2018
Dunno, it sounds like jail. Jael, go to jail!
Prime Meridian  4/30/2018
I am an adult student in Intro to Judaism and aware of finding a Hebrew name for a conversion. Not too concerned about this I was intrigued when my textbook discussed the woman, Jael, (yahEL), her nature and act of courage. When I researched I discovered the name means “tough as nails”; strong, sturdy, hardy, stood for her convictions. And she killed an Assyrian general after he had fallen asleep by driving a tent peg through his head. I recognized that describes my character fairly accurately. And, yes, I could commit that act if necessary. So, unless another name surfaces in my studies, it will be Jael (yahEL). But will think about the spelling to avoid sounding like Jail. I enjoyed all the posts here.
YahEL  3/7/2018
My name is Jaela. Pronounced JAY-la. I have always really loved my name. It's somewhat simple (even if it's often mispronounced due to the spelling). I can't really recall anything bad about my name to date. Although, I will have to agree with some of the "jail" comments. If a person with a British or certain other European accent is introduced to me, they have to say it a few times because they automatically think of "Jailer".
Jaela  9/14/2016
If you study Hebrew, or the bible - it's quite the compliment. I was always impressed with Jael, obviously being smart and strong and stood for her convictions. What I really like is how the ibex can move across cliffs - not that our paths will be smooth, but that our feet would be like an ibex.
― Anonymous User  6/25/2016
The name Jael was given to 150 girls and 128 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Well my name is Jael... and people do not confuse me with 'jail' as much as you would think... I didn't like my name but I now understand it. I knew about the biblical version- the brave woman who killed the general with a simple tool and I always aspired to be like her- fearless etc, but I never liked the mountain goat affiliation. But now I realize that I am a Capricorn and that's my symbol... a mountain goat... practical, stable, loyal, workaholic. I am now in love with my name.
jay123  2/19/2016
My name is Jael and I pronounce it Jay-elle. The "jail" thing gets a bit annoying, as does "what does that stand for?" And introducing myself to people and having to repeat myself. But overall, I really don't mind the name and couldn't imagine having a common one in place of it.
JaelBeth  12/9/2015
Naming your child, 'jail' how nice...
― Anonymous User  9/8/2014
For those concerned that the pronunciation is too close for comfort to 'jail', consider using the original Hebrew pronuciantion - Yah-EL, whether you spell it with the Y or the J to start. This is my niece's name, we call her Yaeli.
― Anonymous User  8/21/2014
The name Jael was also given to 204 baby girls in the US in 2012. I understand it's a Hebrew name, but it really does sound like 'jail'.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
The name, depending on the Hebrew spelling, is derived from the Hebrew Yah/Jah "God" and El "Lord" meaning "God is Lord".
― Anonymous User  6/19/2012
I love this name, especially when pronounced jay-ell. The meaning is a little strange but at the same time a mountain goat is a strong, hardy animal. I would consider using this as a middle name for a future daughter.
michelle.ramirez  4/25/2012
There used to be a girl on Syfy Channel's Destination Truth named Jael. I liked her, but she left the show. She is the first person I had ever heard of with this name, and I thought it was very pretty.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2010
If you are worried about the "jail" association you could also spell it Jaelle or Jaielle. This spelling looks less like the word jail and are also unique!
― Anonymous User  4/30/2010
This is one of my favorite girls' names. When I think of a mountain goat, I think of something that climbs rocks better than most humans--and does so as a kid. If the ibex is anything like the American mountain goat, Jael will definitely be on my list of potential names for a daughter. I'd love to see a daughter become a skilled mountain climber.
Atarah Derek  1/7/2010
I heard about someone recently who named their daughter this. At first I thought what a unusual and beautiful name, but now it just seems like "jail" to me.
keight425  9/20/2009
I met an Israeli woman with this name. She pronounced it jah-EL. She said her parents gave it to her in hopes that she would be a strong, capable, tough as nails woman, like her Biblical namesake, who is famous for assassinating an Assyrian general by driving a tent peg through his head. Hmm.
usernamehere  1/17/2009
I am not crazy about this name. No offense to the Jaels out there, but it looks like 'jail' to me. And then there's the meaning - would you name your daughter something meaning 'mountain goat'? Really?
― Anonymous User  12/4/2008
To the anonymous commentator above: In Hebrew this name specifically means this animal - - which is tough, graceful and in my opinion quite beautiful.
If kids are named Deborah (bee) and Rachel (ewe), surely the Nubian Ibex is a worthy namesake.
noae  4/12/2009
I agree with the anonymous person about the meaning and how it looks.
Kerules  4/1/2009
My brother has a Hispanic friend named Jael, and she pronounces it High-ell.
YMPvt  12/29/2007
I really like this name and the biblical character, but unfortunately, it may be mispronounced as "jail."
Ouaie  6/14/2007
Jael is one of the girls on the TV show "America's Next Top Model."
breakofday  4/16/2007
The general that Jael killed was from the Assyrian army, not the Caananite.
nettyredone  9/28/2006
I don't think so. Judges 4, 2 specifically says that Sesira (whom Jael killed eventually) was the commander of Canaanite king Jabin's army. No mention of Assyria as far as I can tell.
HanaB  3/30/2011
This is Superman's mom's name.
― Anonymous User  7/17/2005
Superman's mom's name was Lara. You're thinking of his father, Jor-el.
Kosta  7/31/2007
This name is pronounced yah-el in Hebrew.
Miss Claire  12/5/2004

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