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Gender: Female Pronunciation: sha-NELL Meaning of Chanel: "dweller near the canal" Origin of Chanel: French Chanel's Popularity in 2017: #726

The name Chanel is a girl's name of French origin meaning "dweller near the canal". Chanel is ranked #726 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Middle name for a First name!".

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Fans of the classic French designer would now more fashionably choose Coco.

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Famous People Named Chanel

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, French fashion designer
Chanel Iman, American supermodel
Chanel Preston, American adult film actress
Chanel Modiri Mokango, Congolese basketball player
Chanel Cole, Australian singer of group Spook
Chanel Cresswell, English actress
Chanel West Coast, stage name of Chelsea Chanel Dudley, American rapper and TV personality
Chanel Capra, American screenwriter and producer
Chanel Simmonds, South African tennis player
Chanel Joy Puaalaonali Wise, Miss Hawaii USA 2007
Chanel Totti (b. 2007), daughter of footballer Francesco Totti and Ilary Blasi
Chanel Nicole Marrow (b. 2015), daughter of rapper Ice-T and Coco Austin
Lyric Chanel Anderson, daughter of reality TV personality Tami Roman and basketball player Kenny Anderson
Saint Peter Chanel, priest and martyr; patron saint of Oceania

Pop Culture References for the name Chanel

Chanel Oberlin, character from "Scream Queens" played by Emma Roberts
Chanel #2, character from "Scream Queens" played by Ariana Grande
Chanel #3, character from "Scream Queens" played by Billie Lourd
Chanel #5, character from "Scream Queens" played by Abigail Breslin


Carla jemma Says:


I thought of this name today as a middle name to go with Kate
Kate Chanel I think it’s alright as a middle name I don’t think I would use it I just think it’s nice for a little while I like some of chanels stuff & got some today so will have a moment

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I knew a girl from school who had this name. It was spelled Chanelle though.

indiefendi2 Says:


if it wasn't a brand name you all would be having some *strong* opinions about this name... let's be real. All it means is "channel" or "canal".

She's a Killer Queen Says:


I can't even... it's just so tacky and tasteless IMO.

Moony Says:


It's sound is displeasing and the designer brand connection makes it a tacky choice, in my personal opinion. Seeing it featured on an episode of the horrific "Blinging Up Baby" show has only fuelled my feelings of distaste towards it.