What does Hansel mean?
Hansel \ha(n)-sel\ as a boys' name. Hansel's roots are Scandinavian, German, Danish and Hebrew, and the meaning of the name Hansel is "God is gracious". Hansel is a variation of Hans (Scandinavian, German, Danish, Hebrew): variant of John.
Hansel has 1 variant: Hanzel.
Hansel has 27 more related forms via Hans, John: Ean▼, Giannes, Han, Hannes, Hanno, Hanns, Hanschen, Hansl, Hanss, Heanno, Ian, Ioannes, Jan▼, Jancsi, Janek, Janko, Janne, Janos, Jens, Joannes, Shane, Vanek, Vanko, Vanya, Yanni, Yanno and Zane.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Hansel for boys. Hansel entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its highest rank of #991 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Ean (#997 a year ago), Hannes, Hans, Ian (#77), Jan, Jens, John (#26), Shane (#277) and Zane (#224) are the prominent alternative forms of Hansel. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread in 2006 (usage of 0.3943%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.3399%, down 13.8%), with the forms Ean, Hans and Jan becoming less in vogue. Ian (#77), Shane (#277) and Zane (#224) are three of the more chic baby names among these. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the boy name Hansel and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)