Meaning and name origin
Chanel \ch(a)-nel\ as a girl's 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 popular first name for females (#1432 out of 4276, Top 33%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#86854 out of 88799, Top 98%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chanel for girls. Chanel reached its highest rank of #382 in the U.S. in 1991. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Chanel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chanel (#633), Ciara (#673), Shanelle, Shanell and Chanelle. (2014 statistics).