Thoughts on Noel?

What do you think of the name [name]Noel[/name] for a boy? Too feminine? [name]How[/name] would you pronounce it? I would love to hear some thoughts on him.

I like [name]Noel[/name]. It is familiar, but not something that you hear a lot. I don’t think that it is feminine. I would pronounce it Nowl.

I knew a [name]Noel[/name] prn No uhl. I love it!

I know one [name]Noel[/name]. He’s about 60 and always have to correct people on the pronunciation. He insists on No-el (like “the first No-el the angel did say.” He also uses the two dots above the e. He also wears bow-ties and never wears regular ties. Therefore, my impression of that name is tainted by the [name]Noel[/name] I know. I personally would never use it. And I agree with previous posters–it’s a tad feminine for my tastes.

Haha, I was reading your description of this little old man thinking that he sounded adorable! I totally wasn’t expecting “my impression of that name is tainted”. [name]How[/name] funny!

I like it. It has a very British vibe to me, so I think of that. It doesn’t really strike me as seeming feminine. I would pronounce it in the same way as acawood - “Nowl”.

I love [name]Noel[/name]! I just think it’s very handsome and underused. I pronounce it no-uhl so that it rhymes with hole.

I like it :slight_smile:

rhymes with hole the way i’m saying it

[name]Noel[/name] is my favorite name for a boy! I absolutely [name]LOVE[/name] it!

[name]Noel[/name] is a girl’s name imo because [name]Noel[/name] is pn - no-elle like [name]Noelle[/name] and like is is supposed to be pn.

If you want the knoll sound then I would go with [name]Nole[/name] or Knoll, but this my opinion. I just think if you take a word name you should pn it like the word.

I wouldn’t use it on a boy (maybe middle name would be fine though)! [name]Noelle[/name]-for a girl though.

I think it’s very handsome. I would pronounce it with one syllable, rhyming with [name]Joel[/name].

I pronounce it no-el. It’s a unisex name. [name]Don[/name]'t like “nohl”

I prn it “nole” for an English speaker and “no el” for a French speaker, I have never met a girl named [name]Noel[/name] and [name]IMO[/name] it’s all male because it’s a masculine name, it doesn’t matter if [name]Noelle[/name], the feminine version, sounds similar, it doesn’t make it a girls name.

I like it and think it’s very usable.

Thank you for the feedback! I especially like the comment about it rhyming with [name]Joel[/name] - I didn’t think about that for some reason. I met a 1 year old with the name recently, and it suited him so well. I’ve been crushing on it ever since!

I love the name [name]Noel[/name], its my grandfathers middle name but he uses it as his first and its my uncles first name but he goes by his second name (sorry that must sound confusing!). In Australia [name]Noel[/name] rhymes with [name]Joel[/name]. [name]Noelle[/name] is very rare here so people wouldnt pronounce [name]Noel[/name] that way. I am going to honour my Grandfather by using the name for a future son :slight_smile:

[name]Noel[/name] is pn just like [name]Noelle[/name] in American English. [name]Just[/name] think of the song “The First [name]Noel[/name]”
No one pn it [name]Nole[/name]… [name]Noel[/name] being pn [name]Nole[/name] is a pet peeve of mine… unless it’s pn that way where you live.

However, it’s your child so choose what you want

Lots of people in the US pronounce it nole. I’m from the US and I’ve never run into a male [name]Noel[/name] who pronounced their name no-el. There are also several American TV shows with male characters named [name]Noel[/name] (“[name]Frasier[/name]”, “[name]Felicity[/name]”, “Pretty [name]Little[/name] Liars”) and in all of those shows, the name was pronounced as nole. The pronunciation might not be common where you live, but I’d say it’s pretty common in the US overall.

I like [name]Noel[/name], and I pronounce it to rhyme with [name]Joel[/name] (two syllables, accent on the first one). It makes me think of the English playwright [name]Noel[/name] Coward.

[name]Just[/name] because [name]Noel[/name] can be pronounced like [name]Noelle[/name], that doesn’t make it a girl’s name.

I can’t speak for most of [name]America[/name] but it seems that many know the word noel is “no-el”. But when it’s a name they try to make it “sound” masculine by changing the pronunciation to “nole”, which is silly to me. It’s like saying that river is pronounced “[name]RYE[/name]-ver” when it’s used as a boy name

I grew up in S.FL around tons of French and Spanish speakers. [name]Noel[/name] is used mostly for boys but also for girls, and it is never pronounced “nole”

My pet peeve is taking the word noel and saying it’s pn [name]Nole[/name]. This is not true. [name]Noel[/name] has and will always be pn No-el, like the word. It’s not common where I live and sure people do it, but doesn’t make it okay imo. As nat108 has pointed out. :slight_smile: You wouldn’t take [name]River[/name] and change it to [name]Rye[/name]-ver, or [name]Rose[/name] and change it to [name]Ross[/name]… I don’t understand why [name]Noel[/name] should be considered an exception.

Also never said it can’t be used on boys, it just sounds very feminine in my opinion, like people taking [name]Elliot[/name] and putting it on a girl, it’s not “wrong”, it just sounds too masculine for my tastes.

Again this is my opinion.