Of Germanic origin.
From the Germanic word “gisil”, meaning pledge, hostage.
Sources mention the possibility of the name’s origin from a nickname of a child given as a pledge.
It was a popular name in France, in the form of Gisèle, during the Middle Ages.
Other forms of the name are: Gisèle, Gizel,Gisela, Gisselle, Gigi, Gizella, Gella, Gissela.
Famous bearers are Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (known as Beyonce), Giselle Kañevsky, Giselle Itié Ramos, Giselle Loren, Giselle Rosselli, Giselle Toengi.
American singer, songwriter, actor Beyoncé Giselle Knowles became widely known as the lead singer of the girl group “Destiny’s Child”.
As a solo artist she became one of the best selling music artists of all time.
She has been ranked in several experts’ lists, such as Billboard’s Top 50 R&B/Hip Hop Artists and has won numerous Grammy and other prestigious music awards.