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pinWhat does Chanel mean?

Chanel /cha-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.


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

Affiliated girl name: Ciara.

Kreatif forms: Chanella, Chanellia, Chenel. [more]

pinHow 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. 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chanel name in U.S.

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Chanel and affiliated names. Ciara (#673 2 years ago), Shanelle, Shanell and Chanelle are the popular related forms of Chanel (#633 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these forms of Chanel was at its apex in the year 1991 (usage of 0.3006%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1388%, 53.8%), with the form Ciara becoming less fashionable. Ciara has historically been popular among parents, though Chanel is now the preferred form. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Chanel, Chanelle, Ciara, Shanell, Shanelle in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Chandel, Chanee, Chaney and Chantel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Chanel.