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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.


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).

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

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

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).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Chanel, Chanelle, Ciara, Shanelle outside U.S.

Similar Names

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