Meaning and Name Origin
Chanel \ch(a)-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.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Ciara.
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 (#86854 out of 88799, Top 98%). (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)
Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Chanel and affiliated names. Ciara (#673 the previous year), Shanelle, Shanell and Chanelle are the popular related forms of Chanel (#633 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its apex in the year 1991 and is now significantly less, with the form Ciara becoming less fashionable. Chanel (#633) is the most chic girl name among these, with this name going through a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)