What 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.
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 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)
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)