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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Roel in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Roel:

  • Records indicate that 690 boys in the United States have been named Roel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1975, when 77 people in the U.S. were given the name Roel. Those people are now 45 years old.

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "This is my first name. I'm a Mexican-American, and my father shares the same name. I pronounce it as Ro-el. I tell people to pronounce as row, like in row your boat, and El, like in El Paso, Tx. So, Row-El. I went through all of elementary and high school with teachers saying my name differently, and some saying a different version of it than the day before. I didn't bother correcting them because I knew they would forget, and I was already used to it. In college though, most of my professors have actually pronounced it the way I do the first time they say it. The name sounds a lot better in Spanish than English in my opinion. The rolling R does it justice. I'm also fascinated to find out its origins are more than likely from the Netherlands. I wonder how it is pronounced there." Dec. 17, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My surname is roel also, im from the north of spain/galicia and of spanish jewish decent no living in london and have no idea about the surname, thought my family where the only spanish ones with it as a surname" Dec. 6, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother was from the Netherlands and her maiden name was ROELS. The Dutch pronounce it RULES. Not Ro-els." Jan. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roel is my last name, and I am of Spanish and Irish descent. I believe that the name is Dutch, but it is a name that some Spanish people have because of the interactions between the two peoples." Jan. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Roel too and I live in the Netherlands. Here it is a pretty common name. Funny that it also is used outside Holland. Until now I never heard of people outside my country with the name Guess it origins are Dutch" Jan. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My given name is Roel, and I'm also from south Texas. I've lived all over the planet, and it does seem a rather difficult name for some to pronounce, but most can get it. People of middle-eastern decent seem to have no problem with it. Same goes for most pacific islanders. Many others will probably butcher it. Just don't let anyone get away with saying, "Raul!"" Jun. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My surname (apellido) is also Roel and I am of Spanish descent, although born in England. I can trace the name back over 500 years, there is a village of Roel in Gloucester England, which is still marked on O/S maps. This village has been derelict since Elizabethan times and I suspect it was a Jewish enclave and the inhabitants were probably driven out during the Jewish purges of that time. The inhabitants probably became Spanish mercenaries (Spain was then the superpower) and this would account for the large amount of Roels in the Netherlands (Spanish occupation) Mexico and Northern Spain" Jun. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi. My name is Roel and I am mexican-American. I live in South Texas (border town) and I didn't know many people with the same name. I just found out that there are a lot of people with that name in the South Texas Valley and a few of my friends have named their baby boys Roel because it is not a common name in our area." Apr. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Try living in China with this name.... Before I introduce myself, I must first spell it out to the person I am meeting. Inconvenient, but what can you do? ROEL" Dec. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Roel and it's a pretty common name in the Netherlands." Aug. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Roel and I'm from Philippines... Hehehe.. Good to know that there are lots of Roel's out there! hehehehe! ^_^" Jul. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Roel. People say it as Raul or Royal. The way I deliver my name is "Row" from the the word ROWING and "Well" means well... So they pronounce it it Row Well which is sounds like Roel. "RO" is rock in Spanish and "El" as is in Hebrew word means God. So "God Rocks" everyday in my life..." Nov. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name has got Rowl in it - its actually Earthrowl I have spent over 30 years trying and trying to get some light on it - all Ive come up with is Rowl means Rolf's land or Rowl means Ear - as in Earhole...? Any suggestions about the origins of my name gratefully recieved - I dont know where its from - celtic/saxon etc. I am exasperated! please help. Vicki :)" Mar. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "What a small world, my last name is also Roel. We pronounce it the same way, as in Rı-ıL.I'm of Spanish-Jewish descent and my family has adopted the meaning "Rock of God". "Ro" as the beginning of the Spanish word for rock, roca, and "El" as in the Hebrew word for God." Feb. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Roel and its pronounce, Row-well. Its a difficult name because people sometimes think its "Raul" or "Royel". Roel is a familiar name in the Philippines. I like my name a lot, its unique and memorable." Jan. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roel is actually my surname, and it's pronounced Roh-Ehl." Oct. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      16 Neutral Comments

  • "my name is Rouel, a variant name for Roel. im from the philippines. i think its pretty common name for filipinos maybe because my country was colonized by spain in 300 years." Sep. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My short name is Roel pronounced as ro-well. It?s a common name here in the Philippines. Other variants are Ruel, Rowell and Rowel." Sep. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Roel and I?m from Albania and I have been living in the U.K. for the last 20 years.most of the people they find very difficult to say may name.most of the people they call me as Raul or Royal .Why?" Mar. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Accidently came across this website. Been called Roel now for almost 60 years. Just like Bob is a short for Robert, Roel is short for either Roeland or Roelof. In my case I am a Roelof. The pronunciation of the "oe" is like the oe in the word canoe. the English version of the name is Ralf, the german version is Rolf. This is definitely not a Christian or Biblical name, but resembles the barking of a wolf (note the "olf" in wolf), meaning to represent the courage of a wolf." Jan. 6, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My surname is "Roel" and i lived in north east India. Im surprise, my surname outside my country.And i have no idea about here all the Roel clans are brother and sister. My dad said " we Roels are under Moyon tribe which we came from somwhere out of india ....(unkown)...." Nov. 12, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sister married surname is Roel and of course her children's surname is Roel" Feb. 12, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well I'm from texas born and raised. Growing up lots of people couldn't pronounce my name either. Royal, Raul, Rolando, everything but Roel. My own brother still calls me Rowl, but everyone else calls me Rolly. Didn't know there were this many people named Roel." Mar. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roel is my name, when I am in my home country Philippines they pronounce it Ro - Wel not Ro - El, when I came here in UAE they pronounce it very wrong (Raul, Royal, Royel) LOL...." Dec. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is roel n people always mispronounce my name eventhough its easy lol im mexican but i guess the name is dutch :)" Sep. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yah, my name is Roel also. When they ask me how to say it I tell them say it like Noel with an R. But calling me name like Raul, Royel, Royal just makes my day becuase I've work with these people for almost a decade still don't know how to say my name. RRRRRRRRRRRR" Aug. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I pronounce it Ro-El and so do most people. My father and I share the same name. We're from South Texas, but I now live in LA. We've spent years guessing about the origins -- Hebrew, French, Dutch. My father says French. I say Jewish or Dutch. I've seen the name in Holland. We're Hispanic." Jul. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is Roel. I am of Spanish-Jewish descent. I live in South Texas, and no one has that last name, except for my aunt who is 84, and can't tell me much about it. If that's your last name too, please tell me how I can contact you to learn more about my heritage." Apr. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Roel and im from Mexico but living in the ATL ;) I pronounce my name like "ROW" "EL"" Jan. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roel was my dad's first name, he was dutch and it was short for Roeloff. but he pronounced it like...."Rule"." May. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "they often pronounce it as 'raul'...i've not met many people with this got frustrating there for awhile with people pronouncing the name incorrectly and finally, you throw your hands in the air and say, 'oh well, close enough.' you really must have a sense of humor and be accepting of things out of your control." Jun. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roel is my surname. I've never met anyone with this first name or surname. People pronounce it Rowl, but in my case it's pronounce Row-el. Not like Joel, but Noel. :)" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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