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pinWhat does Giselle mean?

Giselle /gis-elle/ [2 sylls.] 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.


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.

Kreatif forms: Gaselle, Gilselle, Giselce. [more]

pinHow 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 1980-1989 and reached its highest rank of #134 in the U.S. in 2009, and is at #215 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

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

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

The only other prominent alternative form of Giselle (#215 a year ago) is Gigi. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity in 2009 (usage of 0.433%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.3925%, down 9.4%). Giselle (#215) is the most fashionable baby name here. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Giselle and affiliated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Giselle, Gigi in U.S.

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

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Giselle is alike in pronunciation to Jizelle and Joselle. Other suggested similar baby names are Gazelle, Ginelle and Griselle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Giselle.