There is no more obvious name for a Christmas baby than Noel, and now “The First Noel” will take on a new meaning. The holiday Noel is pronounced NOH-el. If a constant reminder of the holidays aren’t your cup of tea, then there’s the other version of Noel, which rhymes with Joel—as in Noel Crane who was competing with Ben Covington for the love of the title character in the TV show Felicity. This pronunciation of the name is more popular for boys, while the Christmas-y version is used more with girls.
Singer Noel Gallagher, Playwright Noel Coward, Athlete Noel Prefontaine
Son of Merle Haggard