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Popularity of the Baby Name Chantele

Number of Babies Named Chantele

Born in the U.S. Since 1880

Posts that Mention the Name Chantele

Baby Names Inspired by The Chantels

chantels, music, 1950s, doowop

Though The Chantels were technically the second African-American girl-group (after the Bobbettes) to achieve chart success, they missed being first by just a matter of weeks.

The quintet of Catholic choir girls — Arlene, Lois, Renee, Jackie, and Sonia — hit the scene in the latter half of 1957 with two singles: “He’s Gone,” released in August, and “Maybe,” released in December.

“Maybe” ended up becoming a hit in early 1958, reaching #2 on the R&B charts and #15 on the Hot 100. Here are the Chantels singing (well, lip-syncing) “Maybe” on The Dick Clark Show in March:

The word “Chantels” never ended up in the U.S. baby name data, but non-plural forms like Chantel and Chantell started appearing in 1957:

  • 1964: 45 Chantel, 30 Chantelle, 20 Chantell, 19 Shantel, 12 Shantell, 9 Shantelle, 7 Chantele
  • 1963: 56 Chantel, 31 Chantelle, 11 Shantel, 9 Chantele, 7 Chantell, 6 Shantell
  • 1962: 12 Chantel
  • 1961: 5 Chantel
  • 1960: 5 Chantell
  • 1959: 5 Chantel
  • 1958: 6 Chantell
  • 1957: 5 Chantel
  • 1956: unlisted

I’m not sure what caused that explosion of variants in 1963. The Chantels’ next-biggest hit, “Look In My Eyes” (1961), is too early to account for it. The answer might be the 1962 movie If a Man Answers, which featured a character named Chantal played by Sandra Dee.

So where did the Chantels get their name? From a Catholic parish in Bronx — but not their own, St. Anthony of Padua. Here’s the story:

The girls were performing at a dance at St. Francis [sic] de Chantal parish in Throgs Neck, got a terrific hand from the audience, and had a brainstorm for the name of their group.

They simply altered Chantal — a French place name meaning “stony” — to create Chantel.

Do you like the name Chantel? Do you like it more or less than Chantal?

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Will Your Leap Day Baby Be Named Brooklyn?

The family of the first baby Brooklyn born in the continental U.S. on Leap Day (February 29, 2008) will receive $1,000 in Domino’s gift certificates. All other babies named Brooklyn born on Feb. 29 will receive a “Brooklyn-style pizza party.” In both cases, any spelling of the name is acceptable.

The promotion is being held in honor of Domino’s BRKLYN pizza. (Domino’s held a similar promotion 4 years ago for babies named Dot and Dorothy, in honor of Domino’s Dots.)

To claim your prize, get in touch with Chantele Telegadas [734-930-3451 or chantele.telegadas (at) dominos.com].

P.S. Thank you to Andy Merrett of for letting me know about this. Here’s Andy’s original post: Would you name your baby Brooklyn to get free pizza?.