Hazel was a red-hot name back in the early part of the 20th century, then bottomed out from the 1970s to 2000. But as the 21st century started up, it skyrocketed back into prominence again, and is now in the top 200 baby names. (You can also thank Julia Roberts for that, who picked the name for her daughter.)
It's a type of tree (think hazel nuts), and an eye color that's not quite brown, not quite green, not quite gray. And we think it's a pretty lovely name.
No word yet on what middle name they picked for their daughter. I love Hazel with Clementine, Corinne or Josephine, if you're looking for a longer middle name, or June, Rose or Wren if you like a shorter one.
What do you think of Hazel? Is it on your short list of baby names?