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Gender: Female Meaning of Hazel: "the hazelnut tree" Origin of Hazel: English Hazel's Popularity in 2017: #43

The name Hazel is a girl's name of English origin meaning "the hazelnut tree". Hazel is ranked #43 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop Your Favorite: GIRLS!".

From the experts:

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 and there was a time when a wand of hazel symbolized protection and authority. 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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Famous People Named Hazel

Hazel Anne Blears, British MP and cabinet minister
Hazel O'Connor, English singer-songwriter and actress
Hazel Mae Clark, American Olympic athlete
Hazel Hempel Abel, U.S. Senator from Nebraska
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player
Hazel Jane Dickens, American bluegrass singer
Hazel Keech (born Rose Dawn), Indian-British actress
Hazel Brooks, American actress
Hazel McCallion, Canadian politician from Ontario
Hazel Mae (Cagulada), Canadian sportscaster
Hazel Hayes, YouTube personality
Hazel Lavery (1880-1935), 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 Jackson, daughter 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

Pop Culture References for the name Hazel

Hazel Grace Lancaster, main character in book/movie "The Fault in Our Stars"
Hazel Burke, main character on TV's "Hazel"
Hazel Levesque, character in the Heroes of Olympus series
Hazel Wassername, character on TV's "30 Rock"
Hazel Williams, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Hazel Aden, character on TV's "Degrassi : The Next Generation"
Hazel, character in video game "Amnesia: The Dark Descent"
Hazel, male rabbit in book/movie "Watership Down"
Hazel Bellamy, character on TV's "Upstairs, Downstairs"
Hazel Shade, character in "Pale Fire" by Vladimir Nabokov
Hazel Stone, character in "The Rolling Stones" by Robert A. Heinlein
Hazel Frost, character in X-Men Comics
Hazel Flagg, main character in 1937 film "Nothing Sacred"
Hazel Charming, character in Canadian animated series "Little Charmers"
Hazel, character in manga series Gensoumaden Saiyuki
Hazel, main character in the comic "Saga"
Hazel Wong, main character in the Wells and Wong Mysteries book series
Hazel Cahn, character in game "Dream Daddy"
Sister Hazel, American pop/rock band
"Hazel," Bob Dylan song

Hazell, Hazie, Hazelle, Hazzell, Hazyl, Hayzel

Hazel's International Variations

Aveline (French)