What does Chantal mean?
Chantal \ch(an)-tal\ as a girls' name is pronounced shahn-TAL. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Chantal is "stone". From "cantal". It was originally given in honor of Saint Jeanne-Françoise de Chantal (17th-century), a woman of great piety who adopted religion and founded an order of nuns, the Vistandines, devoted at first to charity and later to teaching and devotion to Jesus. The name has come to be associated with French "chant" meaning "song".
Chantal▼ has 73 variants: Chandal, Chanta, Chantaal, Chantae, Chantael, Chantai, Chantale, Chantall, Chantalle, Chantara, Chantarai, Chantasia, Chantay, Chantaye, Chante, Chantea, Chanteau, Chantee, Chanteese, Chantel▼, Chantela, Chantele, Chantell, Chantella, Chantelle▼, Chanter, Chantey, Chantez, Chantiel, Chantielle, Chantil, Chantila, Chantill, Chantille, Chantle, Chantoya, Chantra, Chantrel, Chantrell, Chantrelle, Chantress, Chantri, Chantrice, Chantriel, Chantrill, Chaunta, Chauntay, Chaunte, Chauntel, Chauntell, Chauntelle, Chawntelle, Chonda, Chontel, Shanda▼, Shantae, Shantal, Shantalle, Shantay, Shantel▼, Shantell, Shantelle, Shaunda, Shaunta, Shauntell, Shawnda, Shawnta, Shawntile, Shawntille, Shonda▼, Shonta, Shontel and Shontelle.
Chantal is a very popular first name for women (#1422 out of 4276, Top 33%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Chantal for girls. Chantal was first listed in 1980-1989 and reached its top rank of #553 in the U.S. in the year 1990, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Chantal and corresponding names. Shantel, Shantell, Shonda, Shanda, Chantelle, Chante and Chantel are the prominent related forms of Chantal. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in 1990 and have become significantly less popular since, with forms such as Shantel, Shonda, Shanda, Chantelle and Chantel falling out of style. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)