One day when I was a young girl I asked my mom why on earth did she name me Schnelle? I mean all of my friends names were amazing. I was friends with a lot of Taras, Kims, Brittanys and a whole lot of Lisas. (Yes to the 80s babies!!)
So I couldn’t understand why my mom would give me such a unique and super complicated spelled name. Back then the name was so rare and if you did see any it was definitely Chanel. Like the perfume! (I totally joke with my clients when I introduce myself, “Chanel #1″!)
She told me that she initially wanted to name me Jessica. How beautiful is Jessica?! I immediately wished she had called me that. Think of all the awesome nicknames I would have had!!
It would have been so easy to remember! And guess what when we went to theme parks there would be name tags especially made for me!! How awesome is that?!
When I asked her why. Why would you not name me this beautiful name?
She said on the way to the hospital she saw the German word “schnell” which means fast. She liked the way it sounded and how it was spelled so the rest was history.
I eventually grew to LOVE the name and how unique it is. I especially love my nickname that my family gave me in “nellie” it totally fits my personality! There are tons of Shanels out there too now so the name has gained lots if popularity.