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Quick Facts on Chanel

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 723
Simple meaning:
Water pipe

Characteristics of Chanel

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Chanel

Chanel is the transferred use of a French surname most famously borne by iconic French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971). It is probably in her honor that Chanel is used as a female given name (mush like Armani or Gianni). The French got the word “chanel” from the Latin “canalis” meaning “water pipe” in reference to a water channel or canal. As a female forename Chanel has been used mostly by Americans with a tip of the hat to Coco Chanel since the 1970s. But it is also used occasionally in England, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Popularity of the Name Chanel

Chanel first appeared on the American naming charts in 1973 which closely corresponded with the year Coco Chanel passed away (1971). Usage of the name grew in popularity until Chanel reached her peak on the charts at position #382 in 1991. Since the early 90s, however, Chanel has reversed her course on the charts and is less popular today than she once was. In fact, between 2002 and 2003 the name was used so rarely she fell off the charts. Although Chanel has returned to the charts today, her levels of usage are quite low. Surnames as first names are enormously trendy in the United States but usually restricted to English, Scottish or Irish last names. Why not embrace the French surnames? Yes, this name will forever be associated with the Chanel brand, but as a French sounding name (pronounced “sha-NEL”) it imbues a sense of elegance and sophistication – just like Chanel’s timeless, classic clothing designs. Brand names as given names are not for everyone, and some people find such naming practices as pretentious or gauche. But Chanel seems an exception to this rule. It’s just too pretty to be criticized.
Popularity of the Girl Name Chanel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Chanel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Chanel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Chanel

    Chanel We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Chanel.

  • Popular Songs on Chanel

    Popular Songs on Chanel

    Chanel No. 5 - a song by Calexico

    Chanel No. Fever - a song by De La Soul [explicit]

    Tabaco Y Chanel - a song by Bacilos

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Chanel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Chanel

    Different Like Coco (Elizabeth Matthews) - The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture-book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine. Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel was always different. And she vowed to prove that being different was an advantage! Poor, skinny, and orphaned, Coco stubbornly believed that she was as good as the wealthier girls of Paris. Tapping into her creativity and her sewing skills, she began making clothes that suited her (and her pocketbook) — and soon a new generation of independent working women craved her sleek, comfortable, and practical designs. Now an icon of fashion and culture, Coco Chanel continues to inspire young readers, showing just how far a person can come with spunk, determination, and flair. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Una danza para Chanel / A dance for Chanel (Regine Josephine) - Spanish edition: Chanel es una gatita que tiene más miedo que nadie a la noche. Una verguenza para todo felino que se precie! Con el fin de corregir ese fallo tan deshonroso, sus padres le imponen una noche al raso. Chanel, al principio aterrorizada, se deja poco a poco llevar por la curiosidad: va a descubrir que pasan un montón de cosas durante la noche en el bosque...Como por ejemplo esos ratones que van a tomar lecciones de baile al claro de luna! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Chanel

    Famous People Named Chanel

    Famous People Named Chanel - Chanel Iman (Victoria's Secret model); Chanel Cole (Australian singer); Chanelle Scheepers (South African tennis player); Chanelle Hayes (English reality TV personality)

  • Children of Famous People Named Chanel

    Children of Famous People Named Chanel

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Chanel - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Chanel.

  • Historic Figures

    Chanel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel (19 Aug 1883 - 10 Jan 1971) - Coco Chanel (born Gabrielle in Saumus, France) is one of the most influential fashion designers that ever lived. Famous for her rendition of the “little black dress” (think Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”) and stylish suits worn famously by Jackie Kennedy in the 1960’s, Coco revolutionized the fashion world for women. As she once said: “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.” She knew how to dress a woman for style, class, simplicity and comfort. Her early years, however, were anything but glamorous. After her mother’s death, Chanel was put in an orphanage by her father who worked as a peddler. She was raised by nuns who taught her how to sew—a skill that would lead to her life’s work. Given her coquettish beauty, she attracted a couple wealthy men who were instrumental in getting her millinery business off the ground in Paris (she started by selling hats). It was quite by happenstance that she entered the apparel designing world when people began asking her about the dresses she herself was wearing. In the 1920’s, Coco created her first perfume (Chanel No. 5) which she called the ultimate accessory: “that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure.” Never married, she had many romances throughout her life with many powerful and wealthy men. She once explained her nickname, Coco (which she received in the twenties): “a shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman.’” Her legacy remains her timeless and beautiful fashions.

Personality of the Girl Name Chanel

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Chanel

  • No Variations Found.
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