There are many Aprils, Mays and Junes. Even Dawns and Eves, but Christmas is a time for Joyeux Noel.

Joyeux, 12, learned long before she took a French class that her name means "Merry Christmas.""I like it - it's different. A lot of people like it and nobody forgets my name," she said on Christmas Day, after receiving her own telephone number as a gift from her parents.

The seventh-grader wants to be an actress someday and is often told she has a ready-made stage name. Edward and Maureen Noel adopted Joyeux when she was 5 days old and spent no time choosing a name.

"I've always wanted a daughter named Joy," the father said.

Joyeux said she doesn't get teased much at Chariho Middle School. She was a hit when her family went to France on vacation in 1989.

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"The people in Paris thought it was great," her father said. "Her baby sitters took her around to all the cafes and said `This is Joyeux Noel! What a beautiful name!' "

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