Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jael

Jael is a Hebrew name, from Yaél meaning “ibex” or “chimois” (which are species of wild mountain goats), from the root yaél meaning “to profit, to ascend” (perhaps in reference to the goat’s nimble ability to ascend mountains with ease). Technically speaking, Yaél is a female name, borne from the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament as the wife of Heber the Kenite. Living in the 13th century BC (in the days of Deborah), Jael appears in the Book of Judges 4:17-22 as the woman who “smote” (killed) Sisera, the commander of the Canaanite army, by driving a tent peg through the temple of his head while he lay asleep in her camp (thus saving the day for the Israelites). Despite the fact that Jael’s name was first considered female over 3,000 years ago, it is largely considered a gender-neutral name today.  

All About the Baby Name – Jael

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JAEL

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME JAEL

Jael has never been very popular. For instance, this name was only given to a mere 174 baby girls and 161 baby boys born in the United States in 2013 (out of nearly four million babies). Although it’s given to slightly more females today, it actually ranks higher in position on the boy’s popularity chart.

Quick Facts

ON JAEL

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Hebrew

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

989

PRONUNCIATION:

JAY-əl

SIMPLE MEANING:

Mountain goat

Characteristics

OF JAEL

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

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OF THE BABY NAME JAEL

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NAMED JAEL

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NAMED JAEL

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JAEL

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