Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Hazel

The name Hazel originated from the English vocabulary word signifying the tree and the light reddish-brown nuts it produces (from the Olde English hæsel). The formation of the tree is one of crazy contortions and wild curly-Q branches with inconspicuous flowers and nut-like fruits. In Celtic legend, the hazel tree symbolized creativity and infinite knowledge, and provided an inspiration for art and poetry. We now know that the ancient Celts were onto something; hazel nuts are considered one of the most nutritious “brain foods” today. The mighty hunter-warrior from Celtic mythology, Fionn Mac Cumhail, was said to gain the wisdom of the universe from eating hazel nuts. It is believed that meditating over a hazel tree or consuming its nuts will help a person to enhance their creativity and increase their knowledge. As a given name, Hazel came into vogue in the 19th century when it was high-fashion to name little girls after plants and flowers.

All About the Baby Name – Hazel

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME HAZEL

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME HAZEL

Hazel has had an interesting ride on the U.S. popularity charts. An enormous success and Top 25 favorite over 100 years ago at the turn of the 20th century, poor old Hazel would start her decline into obscurity as the decades progressed. She finally fell off the Top 100 list in 1937 and by the 1970s Hazel was so passé that she would completely disappear from the naming charts altogether. Her hiatus would last for over 20 years. Fortunately, the trends now favor these delightfully charming old fashioned names, and Hazel is one of its beneficiaries. Only a generation ago did Americans picture Hazel, Esther, Olive, Ruby, Eleanor and Vivian at their grandparent’s Bingo game. Today, these same girls are sitting around preschool desks across America. And we are charmed! Not long ago considered laughably old-fashioned, Hazel has emerged as a 21st century darling. We applaud the parents with enough guts to go THIS old-fashioned. Hazel is so off-beat she’s cool. Montana, Minnesota, Wyoming, Oregon, Vermont and Utah would agree – she’s already a Top 100 favorite in those states!

Quick Facts

ON HAZEL

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

157

PRONUNCIATION:

HAY-zel

SIMPLE MEANING:

Hazel tree, creativity and knowledge

Characteristics

OF HAZEL

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Hazel

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME HAZEL

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Hazel

Popular Songs

ON HAZEL

Behind These Hazel Eyes
a song by Kelly Clarkson

Hazel
a song by Bob Dylan

Hazel's Homemade Hallelujah Punch
a song by Cledus T. Judd

Hazel's House
a song by Richard Shindell

Hooray for Hazel
a song by Tommy Roe

Famous People

NAMED HAZEL

Hazel Walker (basketball player)
Hazel Massery (civil rights activist)
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (tennis player)
Hazel Walker (basketball player)
Hazel Massery (civil rights activist)
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (tennis player)
Hazel Walker (basketball player)
Hazel Massery (civil rights activist)
Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (tennis player)

Children of Famous People

NAMED HAZEL

Julia Roberts;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME HAZEL

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Hazel