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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) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#86854 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Chanel for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Chanel and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Chanel, Chanelle, Ciara, Shanell and Shanelle. (2015 statistics).
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