(Closed) Thoughts on Baby Boy Name – Noel

posted 4 years ago in Babies
Post # 31
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

My dad’s middle name is Noel (Toronto area, Scottish background)

he doesn’t love it, and always tied it to Christmas… Of course his first name is Perry so we made him a shirt a few years ago that says “Perry Christmas!” To wear during the holidays… I mean, how could we not.

he has accepted he won’t have any grandsons named for him.

Post # 32
774 posts
Busy bee

HaaaveYouMetTed:  Even reading your post, I was thinking and hearing “No-el” as in the First Noel. I also associated it with a misspelling (or yooonique) spelling of the girl’s name Noelle, and was thinking it was an odd choice for a girl’s name used for a guy. Then I read this thread and learned that pronouncing it Nole was common! I never would have known otherwise though.

I vote Nole, Nolan, or even Noah, but Noel is confusing to me.

Post # 33
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Miami

HaaaveYouMetTed:  Even though it should just ryhme with Joel, I honestly would think No-elle when I saw it because that is how you spell No-elle. 

If you like the idea of spelling it Knoll like grassy knoll, why not go with that spelling? It’s unique and I think people would pronounce it the way you want. Though personally, as a Florida State Seminole,  I’m partial to you spelling it Nole ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 34
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

When I saw that you mentioned it was a boy’s name, I knew it was pronounced Nole but actually only because of the character on the show Pretty Little Liars. Which, frankly, I am embarrassed to admit…however it’s a mean character so it was memorable! That all being said, I like Nolan with the nickname Nol best!

Post # 35
621 posts
Busy bee

I can’t believe no one has mentioned Felicity! No one else used to watch that show?! I loved Noel ๐Ÿ™‚ When I first saw the thread and Noel, I thought girl and No-el, but as soon as reread the title and spotted boy, I knew it was the Nole/knoll pronounciation. It’s not super common and you’d be correcting people a lot, I think, but I think it’s a super cute name! And for the record, my baby girl is getting a name I anticipate pronouncing for everyone the first time they see it. They’ll get it after that! 

Post # 36
342 posts
Helper bee

HaaaveYouMetTed:  I live in the US and have a friend who named her son Noel and people pronounce it “Nole.” My friend has had to pronounce it for people during some introductions, but she doesn’t think this is a big deal. I have a first name that is pronounced much more uncommonly and I agree that it’s not a big deal. I only have to correct people once for them to remember, and certain people get the pronuncation right without me having to correct them. Usually the response I get to introducing myself is, “You have such a beautiful name; I love that pronunciation!”

I would definitely recommend naming your son what you want to name him. The name you chose isn’t yoonik and I don’t think you should change it for other people.

craigslistgirl:  I don’t think “small hill” has a negative connotation at all. There are many names with similar meanings. Paul (small), Vaughn (small), Rowan (little redhead), Kieran (little dark one), Hamilton (treeless hill), Landon (long hill), Brandon (broom-covered hill), Bryn (hill), etc.

There are also many names with worse meanings: Cecilia/Sheila (blind), Claudia (lame), Gladys (lame), Emily (rival), Calvin (bald), Byron (barn for cows), Blaise (lisp), Portia (pig), Gideon (having a stump for a hand), etc.

Post # 37
585 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Noel was my grandpa’s name ๐Ÿ™‚ I quite like it, I think a lot of more ‘old fashioned’ names are coming back into popularity. I like Nolan too, sounds a bit more modern. 

Post # 38
1556 posts
Bumble bee

I’m in Australia, so it’s pronounced correctly here. I’m surprised that it’s so unheard of in the US. Noel Gallagher? Noel Fielding? I know they’re British, but I thought they were internationally famous. Guess not!

There’s also a Noel on Pretty Little Liars.

Please don’t make up a random spelling for it!! 

Post # 39
161 posts
Blushing bee

I’m in the US and I know a Noel (male) and he goes by “No-Elle” … Thus that’s how I pronounce it. I like “nole” version but that just wouldn’t be the way I said it on instinct 

Post # 40
223 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I think if you go with Noel your male child will get a LOT of mail addresses to “Miss Noel… etc” I thought it was No-elle when I saw your post. I would name him Nolan and use Nole as a nickname.

Post # 41
1411 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

It’s relatively unusual these days and it stands out from all those Noahs.

I would associate it with Christmas, so if you have a December baby, it would be perfect.

I’m English and in the south-east/London region, we’d usually pronounce it either ‘No-ul’  with the emphasis on the first syllable (as someone above said, like Joel), but I’d imagine Americans would probably say ‘Nole’. ‘No-elle’ would be the female version whch I think is spelt ‘Noelle’ with emphasis on the last syllable.

Personally I don’t like Nolan much- it’s a surname. I know those are popular in parts of America  but here in the UK surname names tend to mark you as coming from a ‘less privileged’ background. Noel is definitely more traditional and classy, in my opinion. (And it is just my opinion! )



Post # 42
1792 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I like the name but I do think of the Frasier character that was always in love and hitting on Roz ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 43
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Im in the US and have an uncle named Noel “No-elle” because he was born on Christmas day.

Post # 44
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I LOVE Noel, but my husband shot it down. I would pronounce it like Joel with an N, so No-uhl. I like Nolan too, but i think it’s probably a lot more popular/common than Noel. Funny story about the named Nolan — I know a woman who named her first child (daughter) Nola, and then 5 years later had a son and named him Nolan… I guess she was out of ideas? 

Post # 45
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

I think most in the U.S. would pronounce it No-Elle based off the Christmas Noel.  I think Nolan is a nice alternative.

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