Quick Facts on Giselle
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Characteristics of Giselle
Etymology & Historical Origin - Giselle
Giselle is a variant of the French female name Gisѐle 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. Gisѐle was the 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. Another example of a pledge, we guess! In any case, it is on her account that the name Gisѐle became so popular in France in the Middle Ages. The Normans would have brought the name to England during the 1066 Conquest; 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.
Popularity of the Name Giselle
Giselle first appears on the America popularity charts in 1983, but doesn’t do a whole lot in the 1980s except bounce around positions of very low usage. The year 1993 saw the biggest boost for the name (over 400 spots on the charts); we can’t determine what the impetus for this was. As the 1990s progress, it appears the name is gaining some serious traction. In 1997 alone, Giselle advances another 300 positions on the charts. This time it seems clear that the NYC-born, Puerto Rican TV host, Giselle Blondet, probably added to the name’s allure. She quickly gained international fame as she became co-host of Univision’s ¡Despierta América! in 1997. The name rapidly became a favorite among Spanish-speaking Americans. The late 90s and early 2000s saw another boost in the name’s popularity (probably due in part to the supermodel Gisele). Lastly, Giselle gets a final push toward the top after the 2007 movie, Enchanted, was released featuring the darling naïve Princess Giselle. While the name has not achieved Top 100 status across the United States, it’s currently a Top 50 in the state of California, and a Top 80 in Texas and Arizona (all Border States with a high concentration of Hispanic and/or Latino Americans). Ironically, Giselle is a French name (rather than Spanish or English). Who cares, though? It’s just a gorgeous name. Sophisticated. Elegant. Beautiful. We’d “pledge” this name to our daughters any day of the week!
Popularity of the Girl Name Giselle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Giselle
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Giselle
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.
Popular Songs on Giselle
Giselle, ou Les Wilis - a ballet composed by Adolphe Adam in 1841
Children's Books on the Baby Name Giselle
Ballet Stories: Cappelia, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Swann Lake (David L. Angus) - The stories of the most popular ballets are told against the backdrop of the music written by Delibes, Tchaikovsky, and Adam. Naxos AudioBooks draws on its own roots in classical music in setting out to present the definitive introduction for children in this sympathetic reading by Jenny Agutter. Recommendedfor ages 9-12.
The Magic of the Ballet: Giselle (Adele Geras) - Poor Giselle! With her innocent and trusting nature, she could not imagine the village man she loves is really Count Albrecht in disguise--and he is already promised to another. When the truth comes out, the stage is set for tragedy. The epitome of romantic ballet, with its star-crossed love, ethereal creatures from beyond the grave, and faith in the eternal power of forgiveness. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Giselle
Famous People Named Giselle - Gisele Bündchen (Brazilian supermodel); Giselle Blondet (Puerto Rican actress and TV host); Giselle Fernández (American TV journalist)
Children of Famous People Named Giselle
Famous People who Named their Daughter Giselle - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Giselle.
Giselle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Giselle - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Giselle.
Personality of the Girl Name Giselle
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Giselle