The name Chanel ranked 941st in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1432nd in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
This was the surname of the famous fashion designer Gabrielle ''Coco'' Chanel (1882-1971). Her name continues to brand a host of elegant fashion products, especially perfumes. However, judging from the meaning of her surname, it is possible she could have numbered a humble pipe fitter or manufacturer among her ancestors.