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What does Giselle mean?

Giselle Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: pledge (oath), medieval, 19th century, heroine.


Giselle has 15 variants: Ghisele, Ghisella, Gig, Gila, Gisa, Gisela, Giselda, Gisele, Gisella, Gislaug, Gislog, Giza, Gizela, Gizella and Gizelle.

Related girl names: Ghislaine, Gigi and Jiselle.

Creative forms:
(female) Gilelle, Gisely, ..

(male) Giselge, Giseli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Giselle Stacy (G.S.), ..

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)

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Giselle name in U.S.

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

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%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Giselle, Gigi, Gisela, Gisele, Gizella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gizelle, Jiselle in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Giselle and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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