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Hazel Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a hazelnut tree or grove, Middle English hasel, hesel, or perhaps a habitational name from a minor place named with this word such as Heazille Barton or Heazle Farm in Devon, or from Hessle in East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire, both named from Old English hæsel ‘hazel’ (influenced by Old Norse hesli). French: possibly a topographic name a diminutive of Old French hase, haise ‘hedge’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hamel, Havel, Hall, Hayer, Hamer, Gabel, Hase, Habel, Ramel, Haver

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Where is the Hazel family from?

You can see how Hazel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hazel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hazel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 10 Hazel families living in Kentucky. This was about 18% of all the recorded Hazel's in USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Hazel families in 1840.
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What did your Hazel ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Hazel. 22% of Hazel men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Hazel women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hazel were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    10%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Cook
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Hazel. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Hazel. For the veterans among your Hazel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hazel lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Hazel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Hazel in 1944 was 38, and 74 in 2004.

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