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ch1134 Sun 03-May-15 10:25:43

What do you think when you hear the name Joel?
Does it have links with a particular country or religion?
I have a Louis and wondered if Joel 'goes'.

WishIwasanastronaut Sun 03-May-15 10:30:35

It's quite middle class and sounds very awkward in other languages (although many names do). But if you like it, go for it!

NotKayBurley Sun 03-May-15 10:30:38

I like it. It's a nice "rounded" sounding name. It doesn't make me think of a particular country/religion/class. The only one I know is a Welsh detective in his 30s who is a very nice bloke. Hth.

HoldenCaulfield80 Sun 03-May-15 10:33:50

Not empirical evidence but I've taught a lot of naughty Joels over the years...

ch1134 Sun 03-May-15 10:33:59

Great comments, thanks. I do like names that work in Europe, especially France, and I have Cornish/ Welsh heritage.

NotKayBurley Sun 03-May-15 10:34:16

Update: just asked dp (I was thinking of stealing the name wink) and his reaction was "Jewish New Yorker". He has some funny ideas though..

ch1134 Sun 03-May-15 10:34:58

No he may be right... I was thinking Jewish too for some reason and that's why I asked.

Leviticus Sun 03-May-15 10:39:21

Well yes, there is a book of Joel in the Old Testament, named after the Jewish prophet who wrote it.

It's a marvellous name and would have been DS2s name if I'd had my way.

ch1134 Sun 03-May-15 10:40:38

Oh right, I should've known that! That's fine, my family is Catholic and I like strong, old names.

TrollshaveLittleWillies Sun 03-May-15 10:51:49

I think it's a lovely name. It goes brilliantly with Louis. It's not common either. It didn't evoke any religion to me.

IvoryMadonna Sun 03-May-15 12:02:46

Billy Joel is a "Jewish New Yorker", that's who I'd think of first.

villainousbroodmare Sun 03-May-15 12:05:05

I like it.
I'd first think of Billy Joel probably, and isn't there always a debate on how to pronounce it? JO-el or Jo-EL?
Would that be annoying for him?

Hassled Sun 03-May-15 12:06:57

I really like Joel. I know 2 lovely Joels.

BunnyBunnyMooseMoose Sun 03-May-15 18:38:31

I know a 7 year old Joel with a little brother (around 4 yrs old I think) Louis. Lovely family, two gorgeous boys smile

Lunastarfish Sun 03-May-15 22:22:40

If I ever have a boy, Joel is what I want. However my DP also thinks it's a 'Jewish' name. I think it goes rather nicely with Louis

Marcipex Mon 04-May-15 00:08:20

If I heard Joel with two syllables, I'd be surprised and pleased. The only one I know is pronounced Jole.
It would be a nice name if they said it properly.

GuatemalanRum Mon 04-May-15 00:33:46

Is it supposed to be Jo - el? I had no idea. The one I know is pronounced Jole (like Noel)

Iflyaway Mon 04-May-15 00:42:14

I know a Joel (two syllables)..

He is awful - but don't let that put you off! smile

Joel is a lovely name. Not sure about two siblings called Noel and Joel tho..

netty7070 Mon 04-May-15 00:58:05

I like it, it's different without being try hard and cringey. I immediately think of Joel from northern exposure, which is no bad thing.

LadyGooGaa Mon 04-May-15 08:08:55

Yep, it is a very Jewish name - and a lovely one too. No different from Ethan, Isaac etc - also very Jewish. In Hebrew it is actually Yo-el so slightly different.

laurenlhthompson Mon 04-May-15 08:11:48

Joel is the name I've picked if my baby is a boy. We chose it because it's not massively common but it's not out there. Everyone we've asked opinions from love it. Although I'm biased I think it's a lovely name and will suit a baby and an old man. Go for it smile

LemonYellowSun Mon 04-May-15 08:12:38

I know a couple of Joels. Nice kids from non religious families. I really like it.

Leeds2 Mon 04-May-15 10:46:35

I think of Joel Garner, the cricketer. Which is a positive connection for me!

I know one in real life (age 17), and he is lovely.

GreatAuntDinah Mon 04-May-15 14:31:15

It's not very Jewish in France, since you mention it, but it is very middle-aged: it peaked in the early 1950s

thebeesankles Mon 04-May-15 14:35:45

Love the name Joel, like Jonah too.

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