Rich, snobby girl name. Someone had to say it.
tangledeva  3/10/2021
It might be strongly associated with the brand, but it's still elegant and pretty. I really like it. And you can use the spelling Chanelle for a bit of a difference between the name and the brand.
― Anonymous User  11/29/2020
Might be an okay name if it weren't for the brand Chanel, but in this day and age it's the equivalent of naming your child Gucci or Mercedes.
― Anonymous User  11/17/2020
I wonder where the information that the surname meant "pipe" comes from. My "Noms et Prenoms de France" by Dauzat says it either is a diminutive of "chane", a word for "wine jug", or, if from the region of Ain, means "channel" or "canal". [noted -ed] I suppose those meanings might be related to the idea of a pipe that carries water, but I'd like to know the source for that. [I don't have a note of the source, but I suspect it was a misinterpretation of Old French chenal/Latin canalis -ed]
clevelandkentevans  7/14/2020
A name that somehow manages to be both trashy and pretentious at the same time. Gross.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2020
It's a brand name. A big nope from me.
someone-  5/8/2020
Chanel is a great name and has tons of fun nicknames like Nellie.
istillhaveaniphone4  4/20/2020
Please don't name your kid Chanel, it's cringey.
pastelexplosion  5/8/2019
What a pretty, underused name!
― Anonymous User  3/27/2019
Chanel is a nice name, and I love the puns about the word channel!. It's not like your child is going to get teased or anything. Also good for a finsta name on Instagram who's name is Chanel.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2018
Sounds bougie.
Luvbug86  10/4/2018
It's silly to name a kid after a brand name. Chantal is prettier.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
Trashy, don’t like it.
Curious me  7/18/2018
These comments about Chanel are rude and stupid. Chanel sounds very elegant and French and it is immediately associated with beauty and class, great qualities for a baby girl, and it is one of the best brands in the world for fashion. My mother named my sister Chanel and Prada myself because these were her favourite designer brands, that she always wanted and that she associated with beauty and elegance, that everybody loves and wanted for us names associated with great qualities for girls.
prada99  11/17/2017
Chanel Iman Robinson is an American model, known professionally as Chanel Iman. She is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secret Angel. Vogue Paris declared her as one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.
cutenose  1/25/2017
My name is Chanel! I've had nothing but great comments about my name all my life. People say it's beautiful! Someone even told me that they were going to name their daughter Chanel because they thought it was so elegant. I don't understand why people think it's so tacky! As a side note, my mother is a very accomplished fashion designer, so it's not as if she hadn't "done her research" or "didn't know" that the designer's real name was Gabrielle, as some people are suggesting. Sure it isn't your average name, but can't people appreciate its uniqueness?
chanel.j.c  4/7/2016
These comments are very harsh, and quite offensive. I was named Chanel because I'm the fifth child in my family (Chanel n 5) and I'm glad I'm named Chanel, and not an ordinary name - the kinds of names you hear everyday. Many people calling this name "tacky" have an overused name, such as: Sarah, Amanda, Molly, Brianna, Brittney. I like names no one else has. Some may not think it's "unique" but not everyone is gonna run into a "Chanel" in their life, and I think that's cool.
ChanelT  3/12/2016
I think Chanel is a beautiful name. Very smooth and in my opinion sounds very elegant. I don't see why you all think it's so trashy as a name but a nice name for a brand. The use of the name doesn't change the sound or meaning. Still very pretty.
chelsea13  1/31/2016
After reading the above comments I have found more than a few that I wholeheartedly disagree with. My mother and father chose to name me Chanel, and it was most certainly not after any brand name or handbags! I was in fact named after the saint, St. Peter Chanel whose feast day is celebrated on April 28th. A person's class is established by their person and actions, not by their name!
ChanelMalone  1/30/2016
I can't afford to buy Chanel so I'll name my kid that. Although it's a change up from "I wish I was French" Chantelle.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
I like the sounding of this name. It sounds smooth and sounds very pretty.
lilolaf  1/3/2016
I named my daughter Chanel Claire because I liked the way it sounds (and she was born in Europe) had zero to do with a brand name or status... some idiots on this thread.
laraC  11/3/2015
Chanel is a surname, like oh gee let's see... Ashley, Hillary, Scott... the only difference is that it is usually surnames from Anglo origins (or their neighbors such as the Irish) that are put into use as first names and this one is French and attached to a popular brand name.
teacup chip  10/24/2015
Strongly dislike this name. It's a tacky name in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2015
I actually really like this name. When my mother was pregnant with me she was going to name me Chanel Isabel if I would have been a girl.
genealogyaddict51  4/3/2015
Chanel is one of those "names" that just screams snobbish and uptight.
Name your child this and everyone will assume you cherish an overrated company or can't afford it so you burden your child with the name.
― Anonymous User  12/25/2014
As my real name is Chanel, I find it offensive that people are calling my name tacky. I was born in a place where Chanel wasn't that well known and was given that name because my mother watched a movie about Gabrielle Chanel and decided that she liked the name. It wasn't because of the brand, it was about the person. I love my name since I haven't met many with the same name. To me it sounds quite elegant though I might not be that elegant myself... something to aspire to perhaps. I have met too many Sarah's, Emily's, Julie's, Lauren's... I like that my name is different.
ChanelB  4/17/2014
Chanel is a brand and Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel’s last name, but it is definitely not a French first name.

To ChanelB:
If your mother had done a little bit of research, she would have known that Gabrielle Chanel, THE PERSON, who was a revolutionary designer and a shrewd business woman, was a known NAZI COLLABORATOR during the 2nd World War.

During war time, Chanel’s lover was a German SS spy called Baron Hans Gunther Von Dincklage. In 1944, British and French Intelligence denounced him and Coco Chanel to the British embassy as Nazi spies, traitors, and enemies of France. Look it up.
Saying that you were named Chanel because of Coco Chanel “the person” is not something to be proud of.

As a French person, I have a lot of admiration for the house of Chanel as a brand, and for Coco Chanel as a fashion designer.
You were named after a luxury brand.
It's not that bad, you could have been called Rolex, Burberry or Gucci.
Laurent213  11/28/2015
Tacky comments from the tacky anonymous as always. An OK name.
AppleM32  1/13/2014
I strongly dislike this name. I would expect Chanel's sisters to be named Destiny, Princess, and Nevaeh.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2013
This name is just oh so tacky. Yes America let's name our children after a brand of purses. This is not a name that would suit a girl through her life. It stops being cute at about age 25. Then what? I hope she would at least have a classy middle name to turn to when she realizes how tacky being named Chanel is.
citylights  8/19/2013
That it is. And 'kre8tyv' spellings like shanelle or channelle are even worse, you're just misspelling someone's surname. I was horrified to find this was at one time used in France, I thought they'd have better sense than that.
― Anonymous User  7/21/2013
This is a brand name. It sounds tacky and trashy to name your daughter Chanel. And Coco Chanel isn't exactly the best namesake.
Buneary  12/27/2012
This name is trashy and ugly. It's one letter away from "channel". I don't get why people name their kids after brands they can't afford, like this one. Plus it means pipe, and it has inspired spellings such as Chanelle/Shanelle.
Bonquiqui  6/3/2012
I'm sorry but this is not sophisticated. It's a classy brand but sounds so trashy when used as a name. So many people naming their daughter this because it's classy? No. Your child is not a handbag. Not really unique. People can do better. I agree with the comment saying you should call your daughter Gabrielle if you love Coco Chanel so much. But people strangley enough want their child associated with an expensive brand. This doesn't give you immediate style and make you look classy on first impression when learning your name.
DidiGiraffe  11/29/2011
Brand names on children are just a horrible idea, and "class" your offspring irretrievably, I'm afraid. (Snobbish but accurate).
keepitreal  1/21/2011
Wow. Incredible meaning "pipe". I would love to have such a fantastic name meaning. -.-
Chrila96  9/11/2010
Chanel is a classy brand, but this name is anything but.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2010
The name is pretty, but it'll inevitably be associated with Coco Chanel.
Athena Nike  4/4/2010
I like this name. It's very sophisticated and beautiful!
nicole_10107  10/13/2009
Chanel is not a name. Why do people name tneir children after brands? It looks so stuffy, pretentious, and just plain stupid.
bananarama  7/17/2008
I personally think Chanel is a wonderful, happy, unique, splendid, fantastic, magical name. It is so delicate, upperclass, and simply beautiful.
― Anonymous User  6/5/2008
I would have to disagree with the above comments, no offence. I love this name. Never heard it as a name before I met a kind American girl.
GarbageGuy  5/30/2008
I agree with the above comment. I can imagine all the stereotypical airheads with this name in stories.
jolidanstitre  5/23/2008
Brand names are trashy names for trashy people. Chanel is a tacky name.
slight night shiver  4/20/2008
Chanel is the name of one of the characters in the Cheetah Girls.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2008
Ugh. So tacky. If you love Coco Chanel that much, why not use Gabrielle, Coco's real name?
melrose452  1/10/2008
Chanel nail polish! This name is great! I pronounce it sha-nel.
dreamgirl54  11/11/2007
I think Chanel is a beautiful name for a baby girl. It is very unique, and is also a nice brand name with handbags, makeup, and fashion clothes!
starz646  8/16/2007
Chanel Iman is an American fashion model.
dollrock  6/21/2007
In the movie and book series The Cheetah Girls, Chanel is one of them.
bibi66  5/12/2007
I love this name, it sounds so sophisticated!
texasgirl112  4/15/2007
Chanel Cole is an Australian singer and she is wonderful bearer of it with style and individuality.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2006
I hate this name. It's overused in England, practically every other girl being born at the moment is called Chanel.
hana  2/9/2006
I used to think Chanel was pronounced like channel - chan-el instead of sha-nel!
― Anonymous User  11/2/2005
My friend's name is Chanel. She was named after a woman named Coco Chanel.
mariej2  9/19/2005

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