Show ContentsHansel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished German surname Hansel originated in the northern province of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is related to the personal name "Hans," meaning "Jehovah has favored," and refers to "a son of Hans."

Early Origins of the Hansel family

The surname Hansel was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Hanselman is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.

Early History of the Hansel family

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Hansel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hanselman, Hansemann, Hansel, Hanson, Hansenman, Hanssoman and many more.

Early Notables of the Hansel family (pre 1700)

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Hansel Ranking

In the United States, the name Hansel is the 7,025th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Hansel migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hansel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hansel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1819 [2]
  • Jacob Hansel, who arrived in New York in 1836 [2]
  • Gottlob Hansel, aged 46, who arrived in America in 1839 [2]
  • Henry Hansel, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [2]
  • Charles Gus Hansel, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
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Australia Hansel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hansel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • J.C.E. Hansel, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Victoria" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hansel (post 1700) +

  • Marion Hänsel (1949-2020), French-born Belgian film director, producer, actress and screenwrite
  • William Hansel Hurst (b. 1970), retired Major League Baseball player
  • Hansel Lowe, American politician, Mayor of Blue Springs, Missouri, 1944-48 [4]
  • Hansel Izquierdo (b. 1977), Cuban retired Major League Baseball pitcher

  • Helmut Hänsel (1919-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) VICTORIA 1848. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from
  5. Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from on Facebook