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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Hansel
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Hansel in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Hansel:
Records indicate that 52 boys in the United States have been named Hansel since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1917, when 44 people in the U.S. were given the name Hansel. Those people are now 99 years old.
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Comments about the name Hansel
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7 Positive Comments
"I think it's a cool name. and so what if people ask you if you got the name after 'Hansel and Gretel'? They are two nice siblings. The name is great for people who are looking for a unique name with a great meaning. Also the way it sounds it good for both as girl and a boy's name." Apr. 2, 2012:
"My name is hansel i have a twin sister gretel and we are very proud of our names." May. 12, 2011:
"my name is hansel, im 22 years old, male. i was teased growing up all the time by my peers. but i learned to not let that bother me. i am very proud of my name. my friends call me han. like han solo i guess. i like that many people don't have the name, it truly is unique." Feb. 15, 2010:
"The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English says the following about the etymology of the name Hansel:
New Year's gift; earnest money; first use, first-fruits/From Old English 'Handselen' (delivery into the hand), and Old Norse 'Handsal' (giving of the hand. esp. in a promise or bargain)Also spelled 'Handsel'" Dec. 24, 2008:
"Hansel is also a very rare Turkish name. It can be a boy's or a girl's name but I think boys are more likely to be named Hansel though the name is really rare" Sep. 2, 2008:
"My name is Hanzel and im a boy. My mom thought of putting me Hansel but my dad wanted it to be a "z" instead of an "s". Every person i meet teels me fi i got the name from the story. I actually have a little sister named Gretel and all my friends vall me Hanzel and Gretel" Nov. 4, 2007:
"not met many other people with this name love it and think it has a lot of character" Sep. 21, 2007:
9 Neutral Comments
"my name is xancel and its said the same way as hansel. i always loved my name because its unique. yeah i get teased for the hansel and gretel thing but at least its a way to get noticed." Nov. 17, 2010:
"Dont name your kid Hansel,I dreaded introducing my name ,it's either they joke about Hanzel and Gretel,or I have to say it several times for them to get it,my solution I used my middle name.which is much nicer." Nov. 23, 2009:
"Hi, my name is Hansel and I'm a boy. It seemed as not a day went by where someone made fun of or commented about my name. Went by the name Hans in college. Total change in attitude towards me. Irony-now doing fantasy art." Jun. 1, 2009:
"hahaha my name is hansel and im a woman so im the big one in my city who has that name and all tha people like it, now here are like more than 30 childs who has the name but more girls than boys hehe i like my name...ıııııı" Jun. 14, 2008:
"my name is Hanzel and i am a girl, i get the hansel and gretel joke all the time. i feel embarassed especially when i was younger, when i have to introduce myself...i got used to it later on... but when i have a baby i will be very careful with the name" Sep. 30, 2007:
"I am a girl and I was named Hanzel, i hate, i get the hansel and gretel joke ALL the time." Jun. 4, 2007:
"Hi!! My name is Hansel and I'm a woman, yes I know its rare because of my name but I like it, sometimes people pronounce it wrong. I only know about 3 persons with the same name here in my city..." May. 22, 2007:
"NO responses YET need help please. firstname.lastname@example.org. Get me saved! CHRIST ONCE CAME OVER ME." Mar. 14, 2007:
"I'M CALLED HANSEL, AND PEOPLE ARE KEEN TO KNOW WHAT IT MEANS. MY PARENTS ARE NOT VERY SURE, I WONDER IF YOU CAN HELP ME OUT, MY E-MAIL ADDRESS IS email@example.com, PEOPLE OFTEN PRONOUNCE IT THE WRONG WAY AND IT BUGS ME. IT'S H-A-N S-E-L AS IN SELL" Feb. 15, 2006:
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