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What does Hansel mean?

Hansel Pronunciation of Hansel [hansel] as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Hansel is "God is gracious". Diminutive of Hans, from John. Familiar because of the fairy tale "Hansel and Gretel".

Associated with: gracious, tale (literary).


Hansel has 1 variant: Hanzel.

12 more related forms via Hans, John: Han, Hannes, Hanno, Hanns, Hans, Hanschen, Hansl, Hanss, Janek, Janne, Vanek and Zane.

Creative forms:
(male) Hamsel, Hasel, ..

(female) Haner, Hanhal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hansel August (H.A.), ..

How popular is Hansel?

Hansel is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#8231 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Hansel entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #1129 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is at #1709 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hansel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hansel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Hannes, Hans (#1411 via latest list), John (#26) and Zane (#233) are the prominent alternative forms of Hansel (#1709 via latest list). Other forms, like Hanno, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Hansel was well-received 135 years ago (usage of 8.23%) and is now much reduced (usage 0.64%, 92.2% less). John is a perennial favorite, though Zane has become popular as well over time, while versions such as Hans have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hansel, Hans, John, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hannes, John, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Ansel, Daniel, Dannel, Dantel, Danyel, Halsey, Hamel, Haniel, Hanlea, Hanlee, Hanley, Hanniel, Hansen, Hanson, Hanssen, Hanyel, Harel, Harrel, Haskel, Havel, Hazel, Janse, Jansen, Kaniel, Mandel, Manoel, Mansel, Mansell, Manuel, Manvel, Rancel, Randel and Tansen. These names tend to be more frequently used than Hansel.

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