"the hazelnut tree"

Hazel Origin and Meaning

The name Hazel is a girl's name of English origin meaning "the hazelnut tree".

Hazel has a pleasantly hazy, brownish-green-eyed, old-fashioned image that more and more parents are choosing to share. Former Old Lady name Hazel reentered the popularity lists in 1998 and now is near the top of the charts.

Hazel is a name that comes from the English word hazel, referring to the hazelnut tree. The word was derived from the Old English hæsel of the same meaning. Historically, a wand of hazel symbolized protection and authority.

When Julia Roberts named one of her twins Hazel in 2004, there was a great public outcry against "another one of those nutty celebrity names", though we saw it as the deserved revival of a lovely vintage name with roots in nature. Hazel was one of the botanicals that were all the rage at the turn of the twentieth century, when it was in the Top 25, then fell out of favor, off the list completely from 1976 to 1998.

Other celebrities with daughters named Hazel include Emily Blunt & John Krasinski, and Taylor Neisen & Liev Schreiber.

Hazel Motes is the protagonist of Flannery O'Connor's 1952 novel Wise Blood, and In The Hunger Games, one of the characters is the variant Hazelle. But the most influential Hazel of recent years is the heartrending heroine of Fault in Our Stars.

# 19 in the US

Hazel Rank in US Top 1000

# 20 on Nameberry

Hazel Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Hazel Popularity

Famous People Named Hazel

  • Hazel Scott (19201981), Black jazz and classical pianist, singer, and actor
  • Hazel Anne BlearsBritish MP and cabinet minister
  • Hazel O'ConnorEnglish singer,songwriter and actress
  • Hazel Mae ClarkAmerican Olympic athlete
  • Hazel Hempel AbelU.S. Senator from Nebraska
  • Hazel Hotchkiss WightmanAmerican tennis player
  • Hazel Jane DickensAmerican bluegrass singer
  • Hazel Keech (born Rose Dawn)Indian,British actress
  • Hazel BrooksAmerican actress
  • Hazel McCallionCanadian politician from Ontario
  • Hazel Mae (Cagulada)Canadian sportscaster
  • Hazel HayesYouTube personality
  • Hazel Lavery (18801935), wife and model of the Irish artist Sir John Lavery whose likeness appeared on Banknotes of Ireland for much of the 20th century
  • Hazel Gordy Jacksondaughter of Motown producer Berry Gordy; wife of singer Jermaine Jackson
  • Hazel Bailey Lessard (b. 2004)daughter of musician Stefan Lessard of The Dave Matthews Band
  • Hazel Patricia Moder (b. 2004)daughter of actress Julia Roberts and Daniel Moder, twin of Phinnaeus Walter 'Finn' Moder
  • Hazel Jane Moody (b. 2009)daughter of novelist Rick Moody
  • Hazel McMurray (b. 2013)daughter of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray
  • Hazel Krasinski (b. 2014)daughter of actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt
  • Hazel Flora Lieberstein (b. 2014)daughter of writers Warren Lieberstein and Audrey Wauchope
  • Hazel Lucia Castro (b. 2015)daughter of singer Jason Castro
  • Hazel Grace Busby (b.2015)one of the Busby Quints on TV's "Outdaughtered"
  • Hazel Pyatt (b. 2016)daughter of ice hockey player Taylor Pyatt
  • Hazel Nicola Lewis (b. 2016)daughter of rugby league player Luke Lewis

Hazel in Pop Culture

  • Hazel Grace Lancastermain character in book/movie "The Fault in Our Stars"
  • Hazel Burkemain character on TV's "Hazel"
  • Hazel Levesquecharacter in the Heroes of Olympus series
  • Hazel Wassernamecharacter on TV's "30 Rock"
  • Hazel Williamscharacter on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Hazel Adencharacter on TV's "Degrassi : The Next Generation"
  • Hazelcharacter in video game "Amnesia: The Dark Descent"
  • Hazelmale rabbit in book/movie "Watership Down"
  • Hazel Bellamycharacter on TV's "Upstairs, Downstairs"
  • HazelMale character in the “Umbrella Academy”
  • Hazel Shadecharacter in "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov
  • Hazel Stonecharacter in "The Rolling Stones" by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Hazel Frostcharacter in X,Men Comics
  • Hazel Flaggmain character in 1937 film "Nothing Sacred"
  • Hazel Charmingcharacter in Canadian animated series "Little Charmers"
  • Hazelcharacter in manga series Gensoumaden Saiyuki
  • Hazelmain character in the comic "Saga"
  • Hazel Wongmain character in the Wells and Wong Mysteries book series
  • Hazel Cahncharacter in game "Dream Daddy"
  • Sister HazelAmerican pop/rock band
  • "Hazel" Bob Dylan song
  • Hazelmain character in the animated series “Infinity Train”

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