Girl Baby Name

Gisele

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Quick Facts on Gisele

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
zhee-ZEL
Simple meaning:
Pledge

Characteristics of Gisele

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Etymology & Historical Origin - Gisele

Gisѐle is a French name which comes from the Germanic word “gisíl” meaning “pledge”. The name is thought to be derived from the medieval practice of leaving children in foreign courts to be brought up as “pledges” for an alliance. The name was borne most famously by Gisѐle, wife of Duke Rollo (Rolf) of Normandy in the 10th century. Rollo was a Viking leader to whom the lands of Normandy were granted by France’s King Charles III under the provisions of a treaty after Rollo’s defeat in Paris. Gisѐle, the King’s daughter, was also part of the compromise and "pledged" over to Rollo as his bride. It is on her account that the name Gisѐle became so popular in medieval France. The Normans introduced the name to England after the Conquest of 1066; however, it appears that the popularity of the 1841 ballet “Giselle” had more influence in the English-speaking world in terms of the name’s modern usage (which is why most English speakers use the double-L version of the name).

Popularity of the Name Gisele

Gisele was only in use in America between 1955 and 1959 - at least bestowed with enough frequency to land herself on the charts (or on the Top 1000 list). The classic French spelling of Gisѐle has been the least popular among Americans, but we think it's the prettiest, most classic and understated version.
Popularity of the Girl Name Gisele
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gisele

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Gisele

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gisele

    Giselle (The Ballet) Giselle is the central character in a ballet composed by Adolphe Adam in 1841. She is a peasant girl during the Middle Ages who falls in love with her neighbor (Duke Albrecht), who happens to be a dubious nobleman disguised as peasant (Loys) so he can secretly go out to the countryside and “play the field” before his marriage to a prince’s daughter. Despite the warnings of others, and in spite of her fragile health, Giselle falls head over heels for the duplicitous Albrecht. Once his secret is revealed, Giselle goes mad and dies. Near her grave live the “Wilis” – female spirits who, having been jilted themselves, seek revenge on men by dancing them to death. Albrecht comes to Giselle’s grave begging for forgiveness and she pure-heartedly shows him mercy and they dance. Later, when the Wilis surround him, Giselle returns and saves Albrecht from certain death. Her forgiveness and pure love triumph over their vengeance and hatred. Albrecht is saved, the Wilis retreat, and Giselle returns to her grave to rest in eternal peace.

  • Famous People Named Gisele

    Famous People Named Gisele

    Famous People Named Gisele - Gisele Bündchen (Brazilian supermodel)

Personality of the Girl Name Gisele

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Gisele

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