Gender: Female Meaning of Hazel: "the hazelnut tree" Origin of Hazel: English Hazel's Popularity in 2019: #33

Hazel Origin and Meaning

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

Hazel is a name applied 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." But we didn't see why. Now that the old Hazel the Maid cartoon image has faded from view, we're left with a pleasantly hazy, brownish-green-eyed, old-fashioned image of Hazel we that more and more parents are choosing to share. It reentered the popularity lists in 1998 and now is near the top of the charts.

In addition to being a celebrity pick—most recently by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, Hazel is a nature name, coming from the hazelnut tree. 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.

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.

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Rank in US: #33

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Famous People Named Hazel

Pop Culture References for the name Hazel

Hazell, Hazie, Hazelle, Hazzell, Hazyl, Hayzel

Hazel's International Variations

Aveline (French)


Princess Hockey Says:


LOVE this name...but would never consider it because it's WAY too popular right now.

Rachel_raised by mermaids Says:


I am almost certainly going to use this as a boys' name, after the heroic Hazel in Richard Adams' 'Watership Down', of course. The name doesn't strike me as particularly feminine, as it doesn't end in an 'A' or 'E' sound as is the case with most nature/floral names. Xx

marlena1300 Says:


Hazel Melanie Violet is the name I have decided on for a daughter. It is beautiful.

TifyK Says:


I love this name! It is at the top of my list.
Hazel Marie Delaney (insert last name).

connor Says:


Why is this name only for girls?

Rachel Kent Says:


My mums name and in honor of her also my daughters name :) <3 I have just seem the spelling Heizel aswell which looks interesting xx

Rachelesutton Says:


I picked Hazel Rae for my little girl because I thought the name was classy but also edgy, different enough to where you don't hear the name very often but it's also not completely "out there", and it has a nature feel to it which I love. I hope it stays somewhat uncommon and doesn't shoot up on the popular list.

Sillysarahlily Says:


I named my stuffed Rabbit from Build-A-Bear Hazel when I was 10. I couldn't decide out of Hazel or Nadia but I think I chose the right name for her with Hazel

paulapuddephatt Says:



Daiseymae Says:


Hazel was my grandmother's first name. I am glad that it is making a comeback.

pixelatedinfants Says:


I like the spunkiness of it with the Z, I like it a lot more than Mabel

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love this name. It has a nature aspect, as well as a literary one. Personally, I associate it more with Hazel Levesque from the Percy Jackson series than with Hazel Grace from TFIOS. It's short and sweet, with a little bit of spunk in there too. Definitely on my list.

LostKid Says:


I love this name so much, and I think it would work with Luna and Soren, two other names I like.

LostKid Says:


I love this name so much, I hope it doesn't get too popular

aaronburrsir Says:


It's beautiful, but I can't shake the association with TFIOS, and I can't stand John Green.

Hazel Ng Says:


oh wow

IvyTheRoserade Says:


I love this name! I think most people forget there is a Hazel in the Percy Jackson series as well.. Any who, beautiful name, definitely thinking of calling one of my future children (a girl, because I just can't see a boy being called Hazel) it!

EW314 Says:


Love the name, never read and only vaguely heard of The Fault in Our Stars. I had a nursery teacher called Hazel, who was very sweet and pretty, and this name makes me think of her.

htw Says:


I can see it being a middle name for a boy, you know? But I prefer it for a girl.

peace, love, and nutella Says:


I know four people named Hazel and they're all in their teens.

grace147 Says:


so adorable for all ages. definitely love it.

Catastroffy Says:


I could see how it could be androgynous, along the lines of Hilary, but as far as I know it only really has historical usage as a girl's name.

ZPK Says:


My one year old is named Hazel and I've never been asked "like the fault in our stars?" Even though she was born around the time the movie came out. So to those of you worried about that, I really don't think it's an issue. And the association will fade even more with time. I think its a beautiful name.

livelovewrite Says:


I'm a teenage Hazel. I came about before TFiOS, and I love my name to pieces. It suits me perfectly and I get a ton of compliments. I don't think I'll ever mind the popularity unless it wanders into the Top 10... that might break my heart, though I don't think that'll happen. It's never cracked into the Top 10 before, so I think I'm safe.

racheljean Says:


One of my favourite names, unfortunately The Fault in Our Stars turned me away from it a bit.

tracyseymour1 Says:


Hazel is the name of my Mom's elderly neighbor... I've known her my whole life, so it has a pleasant "vibe" for me. She's a very nice lady, so I have no negative associations with the name. I rather like the name...

indiefendi2 Says:


My mom asked me if I would use this name because of my aunt, and I had to say no because it's not my little secret anymore thanks to John Green (great book though! loved it)

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Love this name. And the Z in it is just so pretty!

Piety Says:


I’ve always loved the name Hazel, as it’s an old family name on my mother’s side that goes back generations, but because of the Fault in Our Stars, I’m absolutely terrified to use it. I didn’t like the story at all (particularly because of its protagonist), but I know loads of other people did and will likely be calling their daughters “Hazel Grace.” At best, this will be a middle name choice for me.

hannahmd Says:


Such a pretty name, unique, but not unheard of

headintheclouds Says:


I've never thought about this name until I met a little girl named Hazel who made me fall in love with her name (her parents are great namers- Hazel has a brother Arthur and sister Josephine).

Sadly, I think it's going to become too popular by the time I get around to having kids, due to the widespread exposure it's had recently with The Fault in Our Stars and John Krasinski and Emily Blunt's baby Hazel (I love both the book and the celebrity couple, and I'm glad that the lovely name Hazel is being used, but it's bittersweet).

But then again, Hazel might not become too popular, and the Fault in Our Stars association will fade over time. Not as much as I can say for Elsa- any girl named Elsa after the release of Frozen would be fielding responses of, "like in Frozen?", the same path that Ariel took after The Little Mermaid.

Here's to hoping for the latter situation to play out than the former- I'd be perfectly happy for Hazel to remain a less popular gem that would be used by more discerning namers, rather than it become the name of every other little girl you meet (goodbye, Sophia).

Katie Says:


My 2 1/2 year old is named Hazel Marie. We named her after both of our grandmother's, and it was rare to hear the name when my daughter was born. Now it is becoming much more common (Ex: Dolphin Tales, The Fault in Our Stars). I am glad we had a personal reason for why we named her what we did, and can't wait to share wonderful stories with her about those two special ladies. :)

KLGG88 Says:


Love, love, love this name. It's in 2nd place on my list!

amberdaydream Says:


I know a woman called this. It's a nice enough name. Never read TFIOS or seen the movie. But usually YA novels are usually a passing fad. Don't expect the TFIOS association to stay around forever.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I love this name - pretty, but not frilly or soppy.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Actually I love PG-13 movies. .That one in particular. I'm 15 and I've changed since I wrote that comment. So please stop picking on me for a comment I wrote 5 months ago. I didn't mean to start this whole conversation in the first place. I was foolish to write such a thing and I'm sorry. So can we please move on?

Guest Says:


It's so immature. It's the teenagers crapping on the name not people who are actually old enough to have kids.

birchwood29 Says:


Then don't go see PG-13 movies. Stick to G movies and you won't have that problem. It's called real life. Just because you don't speak like that doesn't mean no one does or can speak using "vulgar" words. If you're too young to go to these movies, don't go see them.

birchwood29 Says:


Wow. How disappointing that such a gorgeous name is now being beaten down and picked on because you don't like a book it was featured in. I love this name and really have no association with it, even though I read and loved The Fault in Our Stars. This name is a top contender for me and I truly love how gorgeous and sweet it is.

birchwood29 Says:


slow clap for you.

jordalini Says:


I love this name, I find it unfortunate that this is the lead character's name in TFIOS because now everyone likes it :/

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


"One of those nutty celebrity names?" How is this anymore nutty than the name Josephine or Emelia? I think this name is completely normal, but I wouldn't use it because of the connect to TFIOS, not because I hate the book or movie, but because I don't want that to be the first thing people think of when they hear the name.

Alicia1 Says:


I want to like it but, I don't. It sounds so harsh.

june7rose Says:


Despite the YA association currently, it's hard to discourage anyone from using this beautiful, old-fashioned name.

Alicia1 Says:


I want to like this name, I'm just not there yet.

Hazel Grace Says:



Guest Says:


that was a very small part of the plot, the book is definitely worth reading! :D

unicornluvgirl Says:


I agree. Although when I have kids, none of the other kids would know what that is :)

unicornluvgirl Says:


Oh, I haven't read it yet. I just knew the plot. Probably shouldn't have mentioned it then :)

Guest Says:


that wasn't her real name. her real name was Mary but she wanted to be called Alaska since a young age.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I agreed with your point, but then you got really rude. B-tching? Moaning? You weren't addressing it at me, but I was even offended.

unicornluvgirl Says:


What about Alaska?

redvelvet Says:


I've loved this name forever. It's my eye color, as it is my mother's and sister's as well. Was hoping my little girl would be the only Hazel running around the classroom, but alas, TFIOS has brought fame to it. But I'm at least happy that more people know about this fabulous name now!

fuzzycub Says:


It's too hipster. Plus, Haze and Hazy are bad nicknames.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


People tend to get really off topic. I agree, there should be more commemts about the name. Why not discuss the book on the forums?

sashapizzarova Says:


exactly! Much ado about nothing.

Myosotis Says:


Which is why the author's note reads, "This is a work of fiction". And in my opinion, anything that makes even one person think about a significant topic, however unrealistic the book is, is never pointless. Anyway, why is it that this comment section has become a place to evaluate and review a book?

sashapizzarova Says:


So much crap on here about Hazel but where is the vitriol for Alaska and Katherine (those OTHER John Green characters 😒). Are you really vilifying a name just because of a YA book? What about Harry? Hermione? Ron? While I'm at it--Adam? Eve? Cain? Abel? Seth? Jacob? Joseph? Matthew? Mark? Luke? Should I go on? Names strongly associated with a Book! That no one complains about. Stop b-tching and moaning about The Fault in Our Stars. John Green did not create the name Hazel for crying out loud!

Hydra Says:


Actually, it is shallow and pointless. Don't get me wrong, I love John Green just as much as the next person, but that is NOT how people, especially young ones, deal with cancer. You don't have time to be poetic. You are dying. Your usually too depressed to fall in love. My mother has been a nurse my whole 13 years of life, and I have been to her work and I have met people with cancer. They act almost nothing like in the book.

jan11th Says:


I agree. For me, all the people around me are talking about having a little baby Augustus & Hazel running around and it is becoming a stupid name to me

ShannonLim Says:


The book wasn't really interesting at all. Despite being an avid book-lover, I thought the Fault in Our Stars was really boring. Just my opinion. Kinda made me dislike the name Hazel.

ahoymccoy Says:


Glad I'm not alone on this one. I found the book to be really unpleasant to read. :/ Mostly because of the part where Grace and Augustus go to Holland, visit the Anne Frank house, kiss, and then are applauded. No one applauds you for making out in the Anne Frank house. Terminally ill or not, your butt is hauled out of there. Europe is still grappling with the aftermath of the Holocaust and what Hazel and Augustus did would be seen as desecration of a sacred space.
I found it to be kind of offensive, and the rest was drag-ish and boring: a compilation of every little epiphany I've already had in life.

MaryKathryn Says:


I'm afraid to use this name now because of it's association with The Fault in Our Stars. Don't get me wrong, I deeply LOVE the book, but I don't want my daughter to forever have to introduce herself as Hazel and get "like Hazel Grace, from TFiOS?"

jan11th Says:


Me too

DearestJules Says:


Hazel is totally a girls name to me. Not androgynous at all.

Guest Says:


I like the name but I just don't really like the haze syllable

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Who says I didn't!? ;)

kitchi1 Says:


I saw it too. I loved it. I cried too. How couldn't you?! ;)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


We did see it after all, it was good but it made her cry.

kitchi1 Says:


13 isn't too young.

Guest Says:


Shallow and pointless? It looked at death from the perspective of young people who were dying. I wouldn't call it a shallow novel. And I don't really see what vulgarity has to do with anything?

SparkleNinja18 Says:



caroblaise Says:


I didn't cry at the movie... It's "okay"...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Exactly. But I'm also not alllowed to say a certain word that starts with S.And several that start wirh B. I know, i know, Call me weird.

Guest Says:


Vulgar? As I recall I think there's like one f word in the whole book or something like that.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I used to like this name. It hasn't been ruied for me, I just grew tired of it.

ahoymccoy Says:


TFIOS may have ruined this name for me. :/ Now all I can think of is that awful book and movie.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm worried I won't be allowed to go but like I said, I do want to read that the book. Here me an lil sister are 15 and 13

raevynstar Says:


I've never seen the movie--my sister is way too young--but I loved the book.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Well, his own name sounds pretty common as well, lol

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I really can see why many people likeit. : ) it's just that when I first thought of it, I started hearing it EVERYWHERE. How's the movie., anyway?

Myosotis Says:


I have a feeling I'm going to love this name ( probably use it as a middle) because of 'The Fault In Our Stars', which I just started reading. Didn't really think Hazel was that popular.

raevynstar Says:


I'm sorry, but I COMPLETELY disagree with you two (Theodora_phoenix and indifendi)! I respect your opinion, but it's a pretty name.

Shishi Says:


read the book it makes you love the name!

Guest Says:


John Green only uses common names in his books haha

Guest Says:


My mom had a sis named Hazel who passed away as a kid unfortunately. I think it sounds "hazy" to me though.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Plain name, but good story. The movie was better.

Shishi Says:


Hazel Grace Lancaster

mabespark Says:


Simple, sweet, spunky, and vintage - a beautiful cousin to Mabel.

kmdharrington Says:



sophiesilly Says:


This name is so beautiful, and after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, I really fell in love with it.

Sunshine Kid Says:


Vintage, simple and feminine. Although it is fairly androgynous as well.

Miranda082 Says:


Such a Unique and Spunky name, don't really see enough Hazel's in the world.