Why We Named our Baby Hazel

The Biblical Meaning of the Name Hazel

Our Hazel Sue is here and we are over the moon in love! In true millenial form, I will write her birth story sometime in the future but I thought I’d write about why we chose the name Hazel since a few people have asked what the name Hazel means and if it came from an ancestor.

Ryan and I had talked about baby names far before we ever got pregnant. We didn’t discuss it at length but we did know the names we both agreed on. It wasn’t until we knew we were having a girl that the name Hazel came up. I am big on choosing a name that has meaning, especially if it has Biblical meaning. At first I liked the name Hazel by itself, it’s unique yet classic. Most name books just say that Hazel refers to the tree and is English but after a little digging, I found an alternative of meaning of Hazel in the Bible that I fell in love with and became part of the reason why we named her Hazel.

Hazel onesie

The Biblical Meaning of the Name Hazel

The name Hazel is a derivative of the Hebrew word hazā’ēl meaning “God sees”. There are only a few places where this phrase is used in the Bible and one of them is in the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar.

During the two and a half years we struggled to get pregnant, I found a lot of inspiration from the stories of barren women in the Bible. I always connected with Sarah because of her struggle to have a child but someone shared some insight on Hagar that really resonated with me and made me fall even more in love with the name Hazel.

Hazel Sue as a newborn

Hagar found out she was pregnant and because of Sarah’s mistreatment, she fled away towards her homeland. This was a dangerous thing for a woman to do. She could have been taken captive and being pregnant, she could have lost her baby from the rigors of traveling. Plus, having escaped probably in the night, she would have had few supplies. She somehow made it to a spring of water in the desert and sat down exhausted. Hagar knew about Abraham’s God and must have wondered if He knew or cared about her and her situation. She probably felt abandoned by everyone.

But God seeks her out, finds her, and talks to her. He gives her instructions — to go back to her mistress — and gives her promises for her son, who will become Ishmael. After she had her son and when she was forced to leave, she again wandered in the wilderness. When all their water was gone, she placed Ishmael under a bush and pled with God to not have to watch her son die. When she was at her lowest point of despair and misery, He shows her a well and again gives amazing promises to her son and her posterity. After her encounter, Hagar calls Him El Roi — Thou God seest me.

The God who sees me.

God has demonstrated to me that He sees me in so many ways. I love in Genesis 16:11 where it says, “because the Lord hath heard thy affliction”. Not her prayer, but God heard her affliction. When we were in year two of fertility treatments, I stopped praying for a child. It was always in my heart but I thought, why keep praying for it? But God heard my affliction and responded in such personal and meaningful ways. Even through my miscarriage, I felt seen by Him. And in giving us this daughter, He has shown us He had amazing promises to give.

The story of Hagar is so encouraging for those who are suffering and feel God has abandoned them. He has not forgotten you, He sees you.

​Her middle name Sue is not only my middle name but also my mother’s and I can’t think of a better example of someone who makes people feel seen and loved than my mom.

We are so grateful for our little Hazel Sue and I hope we can raise her to help others feel God’s love for them too!

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  1. I can’t remember how I stumbled upon this post but I’m so glad I did. I clicked the link to read your post about your miscarriage after reading this post and felt like I was reading my own story. In May of 2016, I “miscarried” our baby at 12 weeks after finding out at 9 weeks that we had lost him/her and opted to let things happen naturally. We then had a beautiful daughter in March of 2018 whom we named Hazel because the name means “God sees”. I hadn’t thought about the word “hazael” in the story of Hagar, but we were stuck between two old family names for our daughter after she was born and couldn’t decide so we looked up the meanings of the names and “Hazel” was so fitting given all the pain and suffering we had been through the past seven years (not infertility but several other afflictions). God heard our afflictions – he saw us, and gave us our Hazel. Much love to you and your Hazel! Thank you for sharing your story!

    1. Oh I loved reading this, thank you for sharing! I love that we share the same journey and how blessed we are for our Hazel’s! God is definitely great!

  2. I’ve loved following on this journey and so happy Hazel joined your family. . . she is THEE cutest! Where did you get the name sign? And do the letters come out like a puzzle? Thanks!

  3. Your story was so touching. When searching for baby names Hazel was on the list. As soon as I read your story and learned more about the meaning behind the sweet classic name Hazel -we immediately we’re in love and knew this was the name to our Rainbow baby (despite not yet finding out the gender -I just knew our baby was a girl). So many people have asked why Hazel, and our reasoning is so similar that I just had to reach out to say “thank you” for sharing your story -our Little Hazel won’t be here til February, but she is our sweet gift as God saw all we were going through and because of our faith he blessed us with her after the storm. Thanks again for sharing! Oh also, where did you find the Hazel onsie? It is super sweet on your precious baby!

  4. I just love your story.
    My name is Hazel I have no middle name.
    God bless you and your precious family!!!❤️

    I was reading my devotional this morning and it was in 1Kings19:9-12,15-18

    Verse 1Kings 19:15 I read it and then did some research on it.
    I wondered what the meaning of my name was.
    I love it!!

    And then click on Why we named our baby Hazel.

    Thank you for writing this.

    I’m the last born of 6 children in my family.
    My mother was in the hospital with TB for 22 months and 19 days after her release from the hospital and rehab then later down the road I was conceived.
    So much younger than my siblings.
    They thought I was their baby cause my mother worked and they took care of me is what I’m told.

    It means a lot to read this.

    Later in my life when my father passed away I was taken to Texas and left with my sister.
    My mom left and went back to our home town of Ky. And left me.

    I was raised by several people in my life growing up and God saw me through.
    I’m thankful I went through that to be the person I am today.

    As a child I didn’t like it wondering why my mother left me in Texas.
    But like I said God got me through and I’m so thankful.

    Thank you I needed to read this about your precious babies name!!!

    Love In Christ,
    Hazel Garrett

    1. I appreciate you sharing your story, it definitely sounds like God has seen you through all those years, He is so good!

      1. Hello,

        My name is Hazel Marie. I went by Hazel until I was in my early twenties. Then I started using my middle name. It did not sound so old fashioned.

        Some people still call me Hazel and now I would rather be called that. I was looking up it’s meaning and your blog popped up. I know God sees me and has my whole life. My mother was barren and adopted me at three days old. Your blog let me know just how special my name really is. Thank you. Your baby Hazel is beautiful.

        1. Hi Hazel! I am glad you found my blog post because your name is (obviously) one of my favorites and I’m glad you’ve come around to loving it again! It sounds like the perfect name for you and just goes to show how much God loves you!

  5. My name is Hazel, and I absolutely love this name and the meaning. When I was younger, I didn’t like it because I often couldn’t find my name on a mug or keychain, but as I have gotten older I realize it’s so unique and of a different time period. I love that you are bringing it back!

    1. I had the same problem with the name McKenzie not having an ‘a’ in it when it came to mugs and keychains so I feel your pain ha. I am glad the beautiful name is making a comeback!

  6. This is beautiful! We just adopted a little girl named Hazel and I had no clue her name (which her birth mom picked) had such an amazing meaning. Thanks for sharing!!