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am I missing something? -boy name-

I know I have posted a few time on her about this... but I just dont get it.

We are naming our DS2 Joel Thomas (Thomas is a family name).

When you read Joel what do you think this name is?

Joe-l

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Jo-ell (like Noelle)

I have had a hand full of friends tell me on FB and text (we moved out of state so we dont all talk very often) he they love the name, its a great pick..whatever. THEN when I talk to them they bring up how they love the name, but it is Joe-l, or Joelle? REALLY??? I thought I picked a straight forward name..humm

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  • Joe-l, it's a boy's name, why would they even think Jo-elle? It's a great name. 
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  • The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.
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  • Hmm

    Methinks your friends are idiots.  Why on earth would Joel be pronounced like Joelle?

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  • Anyone who can't pronounce Joel is an idiot IMO. It's a basic, straightforward name. If you were spelling it Joell or something things might be different, but who doesn't know that Joel=rhymes with bowl?


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  • Do they know that you're having a boy?  Could they be clarifying it because they thought for some reason you were having a girl?
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  • It's definitely Joe-l (like bowl). But, I met a Joel in elementary school and had a really hard time saying his name right. I couldn't get my mouth around the "oe" part. I'd say "jewel" "joll" etc. That's really the only thing I'd ever worry about it, it's a very handsome name for a boy, the Joel I had met grew up to be a very handsome man :)

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  • I would say Joe-l but where I teach is a big Hispanic population and it is pronounced Jo-Elle a lot by that community. Perhaps you have a lot of Hispanic Facebook friends?
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    I would say Joe-l but where I teach is a big Hispanic population and it is pronounced Jo-Elle a lot by that community. Perhaps you have a lot of Hispanic Facebook friends?

    This is what I was thinking but the person I know who pronounces it like that spells it Johel. He is Hispanic. 

     Joel rhymes with bowl.  

     

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    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

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  • I had a friend in college who we jokingly referred to as Jo-elle. (his name was Joel).

    So...I guess Joel has the teasing potential to become Jo-elle. But that's not how you say it.

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    image TripMomma:
    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    This

    Same here. I don't see how there are multiple pronunciations of this name. It is a straight forward, solid boy name.  

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  • Wow, people are really searching if they are trying to make it match Noelle.  I immediately say Joe-L, rhymes with Nole.
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    Hmm

    Methinks your friends are idiots.  Why on earth would Joel be pronounced like Joelle?

    Agreed 100%

    I'd tell them, "yeah, Jo-elle.  Like that famous singer guy Billy Joelle"...But I'm sarcastic & kind of mean :)

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    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    This. And anyone I've ever known named Joel pronounces it this way also. I wouldn't have even thought that it could be pronounced more than one way.

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    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    Absolutely this. Great name!

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    I would say Joe-l but where I teach is a big Hispanic population and it is pronounced Jo-Elle a lot by that community. Perhaps you have a lot of Hispanic Facebook friends?

     

    I agree with this. I would say Joel rhymes with bowl also but I had a Hispanic boy on my class this past year who pronounced it like Joelle. 

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  • It goes both ways for me. Personally, we know two Joe-l's. But as a teacher I've had two Jo-ell's. So usually, I don't know which way to say it. Usually I think Joe-l if they're White and Jo-ell if they're Hispanic.




  • Definitely Joel, if you're English speaking people.

    I have a friend who is married to a guy named Joel who pronounces it Jo-elle (with a soft J sound). He's French Canadian, though.

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  • Wow, I just read the other responses. Are there really that many people who have never heard Joel pronounced to rhyme with Noelle?




  • image TripMomma:
    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    This. It is a straightforward boy name, your friends are a little slow or they secretly don't like the name and are trying to dissuade you.

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  • I have always said Joe-l. When I moved to the south I heard people pronounce it Jo-ell, which I thought was strange.
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  • image TysMomPlusOne:
    Joe-l, it's a boy's name, why would they even think Jo-elle? It's a great name. 

    This. Why would they have trouble with this name? It seems pretty straightforward to me.  

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    Wow, I just read the other responses. Are there really that many people who have never heard Joel pronounced to rhyme with Noelle?

    No, I haven't. And it doesn't make any sense to me how it would be pronounced like Jo-elle in the Hispanic community.  Following that logic it would be pronounced like Hole or Ho-ale. The J would be soft H sound like in Jaime, Juan, Jose, Jorge, and Javier.

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  • I really tried to sell my DH on the name Noel, but his argument was that it would constantly be mispronounced as Noelle (also as in "The First Noel".  I got his point.  I also tried to align it with Joel because I figured that was even more mainstream than Noel.  I think it is just one of the things you will have to deal with using the name.  FWIW, we are probably going with Isla for a girl and I know we are going to have a lot of pronunciation questions.
  • Do they not know Billy Joel? 

    Seriously?

    I think you need smarter friends! (j/k!) 

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    Um, I would never pronounce the name Joel as "Jo-elle". I just find that extremely strange ... 
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    That's my H's name. No one has called him Jo-ell except his friends in jest.
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    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    This. 


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    image TripMomma:
    The way I pronounce it, Joel rhymes with bowl.

    Me too. But recently I've learned that different parts of the US pronounce it differently. Not sure why.

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  • I don't know why people would pronounce that Jo-elle.  I would say Joe-l.  I agree with you- a very straightforward name.  Have they ever heard of Billy Joel?  Not that you are naming your son after him, but he's such a well-known celeb, I would think people would know how to pronounce Joel correctly.  Bizarre!

     

  • SO has a friend from Puerto Rico and his name is prn Jo-ell, but I'm not sure how it's spelled. If I saw this name, I would assume it's Joel rhyming with bowl. 

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    Hmm

    Methinks your friends are idiots.  Why on earth would Joel be pronounced like Joelle?

    Agreed. 

     

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    image g8trkim:
    Wow, I just read the other responses. Are there really that many people who have never heard Joel pronounced to rhyme with Noelle?

    No, I haven't. And it doesn't make any sense to me how it would be pronounced like Jo-elle in the Hispanic community.  Following that logic it would be pronounced like Hole or Ho-ale. The J would be soft H sound like in Jaime, Juan, Jose, Jorge, and Javier.

    I think traditionally (like if you lived in a Spanish speaking country or even in a Spanish speaking household) it is said as Ho-elle but the Americanized way is Jo-elle. It's just how it is. I work in a predominately Hispanic school and I've had two students names Joel (Jo-elle) as well as other students I've encountered with this name. It's not uncommon.

    But yeah, if I met someone who wasn't Hispanic I would assume it was pronounced like bowl.





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    image g8trkim:
    Wow, I just read the other responses. Are there really that many people who have never heard Joel pronounced to rhyme with Noelle?

    No, I haven't. And it doesn't make any sense to me how it would be pronounced like Jo-elle in the Hispanic community.  Following that logic it would be pronounced like Hole or Ho-ale. The J would be soft H sound like in Jaime, Juan, Jose, Jorge, and Javier.

     Uh. Ethnocentric, much? Hey, sorry entire culture of people, this white girl doesn't follow your logic so you're gonna have to go ahead and start pronouncing that extremely common ethnic name according to American pronunciation

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    image Reilly626:
    I would say Joe-l but where I teach is a big Hispanic population and it is pronounced Jo-Elle a lot by that community. Perhaps you have a lot of Hispanic Facebook friends?

    This. I have a friend named Joel (pronounced Joe-l) but his dad's name was also Joel spelled the same but pronounced Jo-elle in the family. They were Hispanic as well.  

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