Noel Family History
Noel Name Meaning
French and Walloon (Noël); English: from the Old French personal name Noël Middle English Noel from Old French no(u)el ‘Christmas’ (from Latin natalis (dies) ‘birthday’) used for someone born during the Christmas period. Alternatively a nickname for someone who had some special connection with the Christmas season such as owing the particular feudal duty of providing a yule-log to the lord of the manor or having given a memorable performance as the Lord of Misrule. This surname is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium. Compare Christmas and Newell . English: sometimes a post-medieval variant of Knowle and Knoll (see Knowles ). The loss of /k/ before /n/ is known in everyday speech by the 17th century and may have been earlier.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press