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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.shə-NEL
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Meaning & History

From a French surname which 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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Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute