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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.

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

For more information, see also the related girl name Ciara.

Suggested similar baby names are Chandel, Chanee, Chaney and Chantel.


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 names popularity of Chanel name for girls (2012 statistics). Compare Chanel with its variant forms and related girl baby names.

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

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