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Hazel is a vintage English girl’s name that was wildly popular in the early 20th century and has risen to popularity again since 2000. Hazel can refer to the hazelnut tree, witch hazel, or the distinctive light brown color.

Meaning of the name Hazel:

English: hazelnut tree, light brown, witch hazel

Origin of the name Hazel:

Hazel is an English girl’s name that can either mean “hazelnut tree” or “light brown”. Hazel is derived from the Old English word “hæsel” which refers to the color. Hazel may also refer to the witch hazel plant which is unrelated to the tree.

Symbolism of the name Hazel:

To the ancient Celts, the hazel tree was said to grant inspiration and wisdom to anyone that ate its fruit. Witch hazel was also used extensively in natural medicines.

Hazel baby name meaning and origin

Style of the name Hazel:

traditional

Gender of the name Hazel:

Hazel is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Hazel:

HAY-zəl

Number of syllables in the name Hazel:

two

Emotion evoked from the name Hazel:

Hazel evokes feelings of pride and wisdom.

Alternative spellings for the name Hazel:

Hayzl, Haizel

Nicknames for the name Hazel:

Popularity of the name Hazel:

According to the Social Security Administration, Hazel is a popular vintage girl’s name. Hazel was in the top 100 names from 1900 to 1936. It returned to the top 100 in 2015 and sits at #31 as of 2020.

Related names for the name Hazel:

Great middle names for the name Hazel and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Hazel:

  • Hazel Scott (American pianist, singer, and actress)
  • Hazel Dickens (American bluegrass singer)
  • Hazel Mae Clark (American Olympic athlete)

Hazels in popular culture:

  • Hazel Lancaster (literature, “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green)
  • Hazel (video games, “Amnesia: The Dark Descent”)
  • Hazel (literature, “Watership Down” by Richard Adams)