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Hazel

Origin: Afghanistan
gender-female
Region Origin: Southern Asia

Hazel is a primarily female given name, meaning "hazel" and derived from the Old English word "hæsel". The name refers to both the hazel tree and the greenish-brown color associated with it. It became popular in English-speaking countries during the 19th century, along with other plant and tree names for girls. The origin of the name Hazel can be traced back to the 12th century when it was used as a surname for people who lived near hazel trees. The hazel tree holds symbolic meanings, representing authority, security, and enlightenment. In ancient times, wands made of hazel wood were believed to provide protection and security. Today, Hazel is a popular name for girls, with renewed popularity in recent years.

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