My mother was from the south. She left Texas with her family during the great dust bowl migration and came to California in the early 30s.
She carried with her a deep hatred of everything about the south. Wanted to wipe every part of it from her. Including her name. Mamie Jo. It’s a very southern name.
So she made up a new name, Joelle
She actually legally changed her name to Joelle.
My father liked the name so I was named Joelle.
My husband and I like the name as well but naming my daughter Joelle seemed a bit much so we named her Sarah Joelle.