What does Chanel mean?
Chanel \ch(a)-nel\ as a girls' name is pronounced sha-NELL. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Chanel is "pipe". From a French occupational name and surname for pipe fitters and manufacturers. Contemporary usage may be due to the influence of the legendary fashion designer Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel (1883-1971), and a number of famous perfumes. Also the name of a 14th-century French missionary saint.
For more information, see also the related girl name Ciara.
Chanel is a very prominent first name for females (#1432 out of 4276, Top 33%) and a slightly less prominent last name for both adults and children (#112967 out of 150436, Top 75%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Chanel for girls. Chanel was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top rank of #382 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #633. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Chanel and affiliated names. Ciara (#673 the previous year), Shanelle, Shanell and Chanelle are the popular related forms of Chanel (#633 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its apex in the year 1991 (usage of 0.3006%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1388%, down 53.8%), with the form Ciara becoming less fashionable. Chanel (#633) is the most chic girl name among these, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)