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Hansel Surname Origin
(Origin Local Saxon) A free market or hall, from haunse or hanse, a society, hansa, Gothic, a multitude, and sel, a hall.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Hansel Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A Hansel Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes