[ 2 syll. (c)ha-nel, ch-an-el ] The baby girl name Chanel is pronounced as -SHaa-NEHL †. Chanel's language of origin is Old French, and it is used mainly in the English and French languages. It is literally from the word chanel which means 'canal, channel'. The first name is derived from the surname, under the influence of the pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971) and her Chanel perfume and clothing brand. It has been popular with African Americans since the late 20th century.
Chanel has 23 variant transcriptions. Variation transcriptions include Chanal, Chanall, Chanalle, Chaneel, Chaneil, Channal, Chenel, Chenell, Chenelle, Shannel, Shenelle, and Shynelle. Other English forms include the variant spellings Chanele, Chanell, Chanelle, Channel, Channele, Channell, Channelle, Shanel, Shanell, Shanelle, and Shannelle.
Chanel is somewhat popular as a baby name for girls. Its usage peaked modestly in 1991 with 0.033% of baby girls being given the name Chanel. It ranked at #383 then. The baby name has since markedly declined in popularity, and in recent years it is of only very light use. In 2018, it ranked at #769 with a usage of 0.019%, but it was nonetheless the most regularly used among all girl names in its group.
Baby names that sound like Chanel include Chanelle, Shanel, Shanelle, Samale, Samille, Sammile, Semelle, Semyle, Shanlea, Shanlee, Shanley, Shanli, Shanlie, Shanly, Shaunelle, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnelle, Shenelle, and Shynelle.
† Pronunciation for Chanel: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
A famous person named Chanel is Fashion Designer, Coco Chanel, born Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel, 19 August 1883 - 10 January 1971, Saumur, France.