Meaning and name origin
Hansel \ha(n)-sel\ as a boy's name is of Scandinavian, German, Danish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hansel is "God is gracious". Hansel is a variant of Hans (Scandinavian, German, Danish, Hebrew): variant of John. Fairly unusual as a given name.
Hansel has 1 variant form: Hanzel.
Hansel is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7025 out of 88799, Top 8%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Hansel for boys. Hansel reached its highest rank of #991 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hansel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Hansel and Hans. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).