Yael is a Hebrew baby name that comes straight from the Bible, but it also has a meaning that will appeal to animal and nature lovers. Popular for centuries, particularly among Jewish people, Yael originated as a baby name for girls but it's becoming popular for boys in the United States in more recent years. It pairs well with many middle names, particularly classic one-syllable names, like Claire and Rose.

Meaning of the name Yael:

Hebrew: Mountain goat

Origin of the name Yael:

Yael is the Hebrew name for the Nubian ibex, a mountain goat found in the mountains of Israel.

Symbolism of the name Yael:

Yael is a name from the Bible. Found in the Book of Judges, Yael is a heroine who defended Israel, so the name may symbolize heroism to some. Because Yael is a word for the Nubian ibex, an animal that is agile and sure-footed, the baby name may also symbolize these traits.

Baby name Yael

Style of the name Yael:


Gender of the name Yael:

Traditionally, Yael has been a girl's name, but in recent years it's becoming popular for baby boys.

Pronunciation of the name Yael:


Number of syllables in the name Yael:


Emotion evoked from the name Yael:

The name Yael evokes images of someone who is deeply spiritual.

Alternative spellings for the name Yael:

  • Jael
  • Ya'el

Nicknames for the name Yael:


Popularity of the name Yael:

Yael has only made the list of the top 1,000 baby names for boys in the United States between 2007 and 2019. According to the Social Security Administration, it fell off the charts in 2019 after ranking at number 962.

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Great middle names for Yael and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Yael:

  • Yael Averbuch (soccer player)
  • Yael Abecassis (actress and model)
  • Yael Cohen (businesswoman and philanthropist)
  • Yael Grobglas (actress)
  • Yael Markovich (model)
  • Yael Meyer (musician)

Yaels in popular culture:

  • Yael (character in the book “The Dovekeepers”)
  • Yael Reider (character in the book “Wolf by Wolf”)
  • Yael Aronov (character in the book “Storm Front”)
  • Yael Ashkenazi (character in the TV show “When Heroes Fly”)
  • Yael Baron (character in the TV show “Degrassi: Next Class”)
  • Yael Hoffman (character in the TV show “Weeds”)