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Gender: Female Meaning of Chantal: "stone, boulder" Origin of Chantal: French

The name Chantal is a girl's name of French origin meaning "stone, boulder". Chantal and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Earth and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Though associated with a French saint noted for her holiness and strength of character, this name is somewhat dated and it might be better to look to one of the more modern names popular for little girls in France today: Oceane, Lea, Manon.

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Famous People Named Chantal

Chantal Jennifer Kreviazuk, Canadian singer-songwriter
Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece (née Miller), wife of Crown Prince Pavlos
(Heather) Chantal Jones, American model; runner-up on "America's Next Top Model" cycle 9
Chantal Anne Akerman, Belgian film director
Chantal Claret, American lead singer of band Morningwood
Chantal Strand, Canadian actress
Chantal Joffe, French painter
Chantal Galladé, Swiss politician
Chantal Chamandy, Egyptian-Canadian singer
Chantal Chawaf, French feminist author
Chantal Goya, French pop singer
Chantal Sutherland, Canadian jockey and TV personality
Chantal Biya, wife of President of Cameroon Paul Biya
Chantal Van Landeghem, Canadian swimmer
Chantal Réga, French hurdler
Chantal Quesnel, Canadian actress
Chantal Groot, Dutch swimmer
Chantal Nijkerken-de Haan, Dutch politician
Chantal Mouffe, Belgian political philosopher
Chantal Kreviazuk, Canadian pop singer
Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, French nun

Pop Culture References for the name Chantal

Chantal Wellard, character in "The Story of Tracy Beaker" series
Chantal, Brad's Slovenian-Swiss wife in "The Wolf of Wall Street"


indiefendi2 Says:


I think this is a beautiful "trendy" French name (much better than Chanel at that).

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I knew quite a number of Chantal/Chantelle's when I went to High school. But, Im also from Canada and maybe it was a bit more popular here because French is also an official language here. I dont see the name as much on younger kids though.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Yes, agreed. My own comment on here was asking whether anyone knew if it was also considered "dated" in France itself. I don't honestly know. Here in the UK, it does feel a little "dated". It was fresh when that girl at my school was given the name, but...!!! I would consider Pamela "dated", heading towards old-fashioned or vintage, and Maude to be vintage already - and, as I understand it, that is better than "dated", because vintage is (potentially) ready to be revived. Names need to be "rested" sometimes, for sure. 😃

danirose01 Says:


I know what they mean about the "dated" thing... I mean it's not dated like Pamela or Maude. But it was definitely all the rage in the early 2000s.

PoodlePoo Says:


Wouldn't really consider this name dated

paulapuddephatt Says:


I went to school with an English girl called this name, when it was still quite unusual here in the UK. The description says that it is "dated". Does this mean in English speaking countries, or in France itself? To be honest, I really have no idea how popular the name is in France right now. I might look under "popularity" on here, as that sometimes helps. Anyway, it's lovely, dated or not.

snowsbeloved Says:


Used to love this name so much...similar to Chanté. My taste has changed, but these names are still pretty, although they're starting to show their age.