What does Giselle mean?
Giselle [giselle] as a girls' name is pronounced je-ZELL. It is of French and Old German origin, and the meaning of Giselle is "pledge, hostage". From gisil, and a form of Ghislane. In medieval Europe, it was a common practice for children to be brought up in a foreign court as a pledge, and this may have been the source of use of the name. Name of a famous 19th-century ballet whose heroine is a peasant girl. Model Gisele Bundchen.
(female) Giselley, Gisely, ..
(male) Giselge, Giseller, ..
How popular is Giselle?
Giselle is a very prominent first name for females (#1618 out of 4276, Top 38%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Giselle for girls. Giselle entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its highest rank of #134 in the U.S. in 2009, and is at #221 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Giselle (#221 a year ago) are Gigi, Gisela, Gisele (#1566 a year ago), Gizella, Gizelle and Jiselle (#1588). These relations of Giselle were favored by parents 6 years ago (usage of 0.2%) and are somewhat less common today (usage 0.1%, down 40.5%).
Giselle is alike in pronunciation to Jazelle, Jizelle, Jocelle, Joselle and Jozelle. Other suggested similar names are Abelle, Agnelle, Annelle, Arbelle, Aristelle, Aurelle, Baseelle (see Basilia), Belle▼, Brielle▲, Darelle, Denelle, Dielle, Dinelle, Gaelle, Gayelle, Gaylle, Gazella, Gazelle, Gemella, Gemelle, Gianella, Gilly, Ginella, Ginelle, Grisella, Griselle, Griselly (see Griselda), Helle, Hille, Janelle, Jemelle, Jenelle, Jewelle, Jinelle, Jodelle, Joelle, Lanelle, Lavelle, Luelle, Marselle, Mikelle, Mille, Mireille, Mirelle, Mishelle, Moiselle, Moselle, Myrelle, Narelle, Nelle▼, Nichelle, Nicolle, Nishelle, Noelle▲, Orbelle, Pashelle, Rashelle, Ronelle, Roselle, Sabelle, Sadelle, Samelle, Shelle, Shirelle, Sibelle, Suzelle, Sybelle, Sydelle, Udelle and Yabelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Giselle.See names in meaning and etymology.