Meaning:pledge or hostage
This charming name is pronounced JIZ-elle and comes from the German word “gisil,” which unfortunately means "hostage; pledge." (There was a medieval practice where children were given away as pledges to foreign courts.) It became a favorite name in France during the Middle Ages but didn’t click in English-speaking countries until the 20th century. The French ballet “Giselle” introduced the name to parents in 1841. A lovely representative is the Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bündchen.

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