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Chelan Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Chelan is of Native American Wenatchi origin.

The meaning of Chelan is "deep water, deep notch".  


In the U.S. in 2014 less than 5 girls were given the name.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Chelan Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Chelan has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Chelan to other names.


The Chelan Indians traditionally lived near Lake Chelan, a long narrow lake in northern Washington. They are an Interior Salish people who speak the Wenatchi dialect.

The name Chelan derives from the traditional Wentachi name Tsi-Laan meaning "deep water" or Tsill-ane meaning "deep notch".

The spelling later changed to Chelan (pronounced sha-lan) possibly through the influence of French hunter / fur trappers that passed through the area.

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