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What does Chanel mean?

Chanel Pronunciation of Chanel [chanel] 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.

Associated with: surname, legendary (mythology), saint.


Chanel has 13 variants: Chanele, Chanell, Chanelle, Channell, Channelle, Chenelle, Shanel, Shanell, Shanelle, Shannel, Shannelle, Shenelle and Shynelle.

Affiliated girl name: Ciara.

Creative forms:
(female) Canel, Cianel, ..

(male) Chage, ..

Middle name pairings:
Chanel Michelle (C.M.), ..

How popular is Chanel?

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. Demographics)

Chanel was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #382 in the U.S. in the year 1991, and is currently at #687. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chanel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chanel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ciara (#757 the previous year), Shanelle, Shanell, Shanel, Chanell and Chanelle are the popular related forms of Chanel (#687 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Chanel was at its apex a decade ago (adoption of 0.15%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.04%, 75%), with the form Ciara falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Chanel, Chanell, Chanelle, Ciara, Shanel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shanell, Shanelle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ciara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Chanel is alike in pronunciation to Shannell and Shenell. Other suggested similar names are Camela, Carel, Chabeli, Chader, Chainey, Chana, Chanae, Chanah, Chanda, Chandal, Chandel, Chandy, Chanee, Chaney, Chanha, Chani, Chania, Channa, Chanta, Chantael, Chantal, Chante, Chantea, Chantee, Chantel, Chantela (see Chantal), Chantele, Chantell, Chanter, Chantey, Chantez, Chantiel, Chantil, Chantle, Chantrel, Chanya, Chapell, Chappel, Charee, Charela (see Harela), Charell, Charil, Charyl, Chauntel, Chavela, Chayney, Chel, Chontel, Cyanea, Janel, Shandel, Shane, Shanea, Shanee, Shaney, Shantel, Sharel and Zhane. These names tend to be less frequently used than Chanel.

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