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How to pronounce Noel?

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HoneyLeaf Thu 19-Nov-15 19:18:36

So, I'm wondering how you spell Noel (for a boy) for it to sound like No-el - 2 syllables! Would it need to be spelt Noël? I'm thinking of it for a middle name, but only if I get it correct grin

ThroughThickAndThin01 Thu 19-Nov-15 19:20:46

I think you need the weird thingy grin. I'd pronounce Noel as one syllable.

IoraRua Thu 19-Nov-15 19:22:04

I pronounce Noel to rhyme with mole. No-el sounds like a female version - but then I know two Noelles so that might be why.

HoneyLeaf Thu 19-Nov-15 19:23:28

Yeah, I think it would have to be Noël... Hm, not sure I like it like that!

TiggyD Thu 19-Nov-15 19:31:47

Like a single Nick Knowles. To rhyme with goal.

Allthatnonsense Thu 19-Nov-15 20:54:05

No-el sounds like Noel pronounced with a welsh accent!

florascotianew Thu 19-Nov-15 21:05:35

No-ell or No-ull, as in Noel Coward

It's a French word (meaning Christmas, as we all know), and the French pronounciation is here:

forvo.com/search/Noel/

IMurderedStampyLongnose Thu 19-Nov-15 21:06:56

Pronounced noal,like foal here in NI,if spelt Noel.

rainydaygrey Thu 19-Nov-15 21:10:26

I'd say Noal like Foal.

The angel said Noël.

smartyclogs Thu 19-Nov-15 21:10:51

Like 'pole, bowl, foal' ... you get the idea!

JakeyBurd Thu 19-Nov-15 21:27:44

I pronounce it as as two syllables - the boy's name as NO-ill, but the Xmas word as No-ELL.

I've never heard it pronounced as one syllable.

Lolimax Thu 19-Nov-15 21:33:10

I'd say it as 2 syllables but I'm Welsh.

Shinyshoes2 Thu 19-Nov-15 21:35:10

Pron like mole , foal , goal , hole

AnnaMarlowe Thu 19-Nov-15 21:36:42

Isn't the now-ell pronunciation the girls version?

LibrariesGaveUsP0wer Thu 19-Nov-15 21:41:46

Noel - for a boy. Sort of No-ul.

Noel (with a thingy) or Noelle- for a girl. No-elle. As in "the first...."

timelytess Thu 19-Nov-15 21:42:42

Nole. No-ul without a pause.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 20-Nov-15 01:33:05

Nowul. But gentle emphasis on the u.

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 20-Nov-15 01:33:57

Why are you considering it. Fab name if he's around Christmas

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Fri 20-Nov-15 01:36:03

Sorry that should be No-wul.
Not Nowul

ilovevenice Fri 20-Nov-15 01:51:31

Like Joel (if that is any help!)

FishWithABicycle Fri 20-Nov-15 03:08:40

I would pronounce Noel as one-and-a-half syllables - not rhyming with foal or coal but more like Noh-ul with the emphasis on the Noh and the ul very short - this is how I have understood Noel Coward to be correctly pronounced.

Pronouncing it as two fully distinct syllables would be spelled Noelle and would be a girls name to me.

tammytoby Fri 20-Nov-15 15:00:51

I'd pronounce Noel as No-el. But adding the dots on the e makes it clear to everyone.

twinjocks Fri 20-Nov-15 16:04:34

^I would pronounce Noel as one-and-a-half syllables - not rhyming with foal or coal but more like Noh-ul with the emphasis on the Noh and the ul very short - this is how I have understood Noel Coward to be correctly pronounced.

Pronouncing it as two fully distinct syllables would be spelled Noelle and would be a girls name to me.^

I agree about the one and a half syllables - although would say "No-wul" like a PP than Noh-ul.

AuntGertrude Fri 20-Nov-15 18:21:25

Pronounced "No-ull" if Noel for a boy - emphasis on the No, and a short "ul".

Noel for a girl, would be better as Noelle - pronounced "no-ell" like "The First Nowell"

ktmummy1 Fri 20-Nov-15 22:00:05

Noel as in Cole and Noel Edmunds . No way is it No-El, sounds far too Christmas songy "the first noelle" yuk, noel as in Cole MUCH better!!!!

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