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Janelle is a very modern name with a fun feel. It has only spent a few years above the top 200 list, however. Janelle has numerous nicknames associated with it too, including Jane, Elle, and Ellie to name a few.

Meaning of the name Janelle:

American: God is gracious

Origin of the name Janelle:

Janelle has only been a name option since the 1930s. It is an alternative version of the baby name Jane and was created in America. Jane itself comes from the Medieval name Jehanne, which is a version of the French name Iohannes. Ultimately, these names can trace their origins to the Hebrew name John.

Symbolism of the name Janelle:

The baby name Janelle holds the same meaning as the baby name Jane. Both names, however, have the same meaning as John, which is “God is gracious.”

Baby name Janelle

Style of the name Janelle:

Modern

Gender of the name Janelle:

Janelle is a feminine name.

Pronunciation of the name Janelle:

juh-NEHL

Number of syllables in the name Janelle:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Janelle:

Janelle is a unique name that feels modern and cool. It is uplifting and free-spirited too.

Alternative spellings for the name Janelle:

  • Jannelle
  • Jannele
  • Janele
  • Jenele
  • Jenelle 
  • Jennelle

Nicknames for the name Janelle:

Popularity of the name Janelle:

Janelle has been a top 1,000 baby name since 1931 at number 963. The name was a top 200 option from 1978 to 1980 and in 1985. Since the early 1980s, the name has declined in popularity, and in 2020, it received a popularity rank of number 670.

Related names for the name Janelle:

Great middle names for Janelle and their meanings:

  • Laticia (joy)
  • Reese (ardent, fiery)
  • Monica (solitary, to advise)
  • Monique (advisor)
  • Kristine (follower of Christ)
  • Emiline (peaceful home)
  • Marie (star of the sea)

Famous people with the name Janelle:

  • Janelle Pierzina (reality TV star, “Big Brother”)
  • Janelle Monae Robinson (R&B singer)
  • Janelle Quintana (actress, “Bad Romance”)
  • Janelle Atkinson (Olympic swimmer)
  • Janelle Commissiong (Miss Universe from 1977)
  • Janelle Arthur (pop singer)
  • Janelle Johnson (actress, “The Brute Man”)

Janelles in popular culture:

  • Janelle Steiger (character from “Neighbours”)
  • Janelle Stanton (character from “The Selection”)