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Quick Facts on Hazel

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 157
Simple meaning:
Hazel tree, creativity and knowledge

Characteristics of Hazel

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - 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.

Popularity of the 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!
Popularity of the Girl Name Hazel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Hazel

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Hazel

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Hazel

    Hazel We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Hazel.

  • Popular Songs on Hazel

    Popular Songs on Hazel

    Behind These Hazel Eyes - a song by Kelly Clarkson

    Hazel - a song by Bob Dylan

    Hazel - a song by the Cocteau Twins

    Hazel - a song by Lloyd

    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

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Hazel

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Hazel

    Hazel (Julie Hearn) - Hazel Louise Mull-Dare has a good life, but it's so dull. With an adoring father who grants her every wish, a place in the Kensington School for Daughters of Gentlemen, and no pressure to excel in anything whatsoever, her future looks primarily predictable. But on the day of the Epsom Derby - June 4, 1913 - everything changes. A woman in a dark coat steps in front of the king's horse in protest at the injustice of denying women the vote. She dies days later bringing further attention to the suffragist cause. Young Hazel is transfixed. And when her bold new friend Gloria convinces her to take on the cause, Hazel gets her first taste of rebellion. But doing so leads her into greater trouble than she could have ever imagined. Such great trouble that she in banished from London, all the way to where her family fortune originates - a sugar plantation in the Caribbean. There Hazel is forced to confront the dark secrets of her family - secrets that have festered, and a shame that lingers on. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Hazel Green (Odo Hirsch) - This entertaining story of one child standing up to adult authority is likely to win many fans. Hazel Green thinks it's unfair that children are not allowed to march in her town's annual Frogg Day parade, so she convinces the powers that be to let them participate-as long as they have a float. She and the other youngsters from her building develop the plans for a model of the building, but Yakov, a mathematical genius, tells Hazel that it will fall down, which no one wants to hear. Meanwhile Hazel is being falsely blamed for revealing her friend's secret recipe for a new pastry to a rival baker. Ultimately, resourceful Hazel proves that she didn't give away the secret, helps her friends fix the tower, makes a friend of Yakov, and marches in the parade. The writing is clever and funny, the plot has broad appeal, and readers will applaud Hazel's triumphs. Hirsch's book will satisfy audiences looking for gentle, humorous fiction. Also in this Hazel Green series are books called Have Courage, Hazel Green and Something’s Fishy Hazel Green. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Hazel Nutt, Alien Hunter (David Elliott) - When Captain Nutt and her two-headed first mate, Igor, from the Tu-Noggin Galaxy, land on planet Wutt, the alien Wutties charge the spaceship and clamber to see who has arrived. Should Captain fear the Wutties? Only if she hates puns! Wutt's not to love? But look out, Nutt, for those giant meatballs soaring through the sky! It could mean the end of Starship Booby prize...or maybe it's just lunch! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hazel Rye (Vera Cleaver) - An eleven-year-old girl, with no appreciation for land and growing things, finds her values beginning to change when she agrees to let an impoverished family live in a small house she owns, in exchange for working in the surrounding orange grove. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Hazel's Amazing Mother (Rosemary Wells) - The power of maternal love fuels this fantasy. Hazel, a whimsical badger who wears a girl's wide-brimmed hat, blouse and skirt, strolls her doll around town. On the way home, she becomes lost. She is set upon by buck-toothed beaver Doris and her two friends, who unstuff her doll and throw her carriage into the lake. Just in time, a gust of wind blows mother into the tree under which Hazel stands, and the bullies are ordered to repair the doll and retrieve her carriage. Large-format black-ink drawings with comic detail are solidly filled in with cheerful bright watercolors. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Hazel's Healthy Halloween (Kathryn Meyrick) - When Hazel is invited to the Halloween ball being given by Boris the Boor, she discovers she has "nothing to wear". After a trip to Felicity's Dress Shop, Hazel decides that she must lose some weight so that she can fit into a lovely new gown and so she goes off to the "Health Farm". After six zany days of exercise and a poor diet, Hazel is able to fit into her new dress and arrives at the Ball looking stunning. She is asked to dance by Prince Boris only to decide that she didn't go to all the trouble of losing weight for a "silly man" and promptly devours everything in sight on the buffet table! The story ends with "Gentle Reader: Accept yourself the way you are, and you'll be happier by far. Remember though, whatever you do, that exercise is good, and too much food is bad for you.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Woody, Hazel, and Little Pip (Elsa Beskow) - This delightful autumn story describes the woodland adventures of two acorn children who get carried away by the blustery autumn wind. It is a mini edition of Elsa Beskow's classic tale. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Hazel

    Famous People Named Hazel

    Famous People Named Hazel - Hazel Walker (basketball player); Hazel Massery (civil rights activist); Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman (tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Hazel

    Children of Famous People Named Hazel

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Hazel - Julia Roberts (actress); Berry Gordy (music producer); Stefan Lessard (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Hazel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Hazel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first 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.

Variations of the Baby Name - Hazel

  • No Variations Found.
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