Quick Facts on Gisselle
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Gisselle
Giselle and Gisselle are both variant spellings 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 and given over to Rollo as his bride. Another example of a marital “pledge”, we guess! In any case, it is on her account that the name Gisѐle became so popular in medieval France. 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. Gisselle is a newly coined spelling used almost exclusively by Americans.
Popularity of the Name Gisselle
Ironically, the classic French spelling of Gisѐle isn’t even on the American female naming charts anymore (she disappeared in 1960). But Giselle and Gisselle are. Giselle (with one “s”) owes her popularity in the United States to the Spanish speaking population; and the name probably garnered some cross-over appeal due to the ϋber-celebrity fame of supermodel Gisele Bündchen (of German-Brazilian descent). Giselle is now a relatively popular name in the United States, and as her star began to rise on the charts, some clever parents out there decided, “hey, wait, I think I’ll add another “s” to this name and fancy it up a bit!” It seems arbitrary and a little flamboyant but some parents prefer their names that way (and it’s usually American parents rather than those in other English-speaking countries). If you’re a traditionalist and/or a minimalist you should consider sticking with Gisele. But if you like to show off a bit, Gisselle may work better for you. Then again, maybe you should consider Ggiisseellee?
Popularity of the Girl Name Gisselle
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Gisselle
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Gisselle
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 Gisselle
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Gisselle
Gisselle's Adventures in Color (Heidi L. Ames) - Gisselle's Adventures in Color featuring the beautiful and charismatic Bearded Collie Gisselle. Join Gisselle as she travels to the gold pyramids in Egypt, sets sail upon the ocean blue, explores beneath the deep green sea and visits a pink castle in the clouds. Gisselle is a Bearded Collie with a big imagination. She is a superhero, a mermaid, a cowgirl, a nurse... Wherever her journeys take you, it is sure to be an adventure! Gisselle's Adventures in Color is an educational picture book that encourages interaction, imagination and conversation - there is so much to discover and discuss. Every time the reader turns a page, a new world of color is uncovered, illustrated by a wonderful full-page photograph. Each photograph encourages the reader to create his/her own tale of Gisselle's adventures. A border design surrounds the verse, depicting everyday items such as food, sporting equipment, modes of travel and more, inspiring games of "search and find" and presenting new opportunities to learn about and identify the many objects embellishing each color. Find Gisselle! She is also hiding in each of the borders... except for one! At the end of her journey, Gisselle presents an art lesson on how to mix colors using basic art supplies. Gisselle's appeal is ageless. Animal lovers and children of all ages will want to read it again and again. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Gisselle
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Children of Famous People Named Gisselle
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Gisselle - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
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Personality of the Girl Name Gisselle
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 - Gisselle