The name is derived from the Arabic منحة (menhh) meaning, “gift.”
As of 2010, Manel was the 96th most popular female name in France, while its franconized version of Manelle came in as the 365th most popular female name, (2010).
The name is sometime transcribed as Manal. A masculine version is Manil.
The name should not be confused with the Catalan masculine form of Emmanuel.