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Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. shə-NEHL
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Meaning & History

From a French surname that meant "pipe". It has been used as an American given name since 1970s, influenced by the Chanel brand name (a line of women's clothing and perfume), which was named for French fashion designer Coco Chanel (1883-1971).

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