1) The common hazel is a deciduous tree or shrub which has historically provided us with nuts, and the flexible shoots from which hurdles and baskets might be made.
1682 for three Cartfull of Hasells for bindeing the waer, Bolton Bridge. It is frequent as the first element in place-names, several of which date from the Old English period, and Smith lists over thirty Yorkshire examples. These vary in spelling but typically the suffix is a word that means wood or copse, e.g. Hazlegreave, Hazel Hirst, Hazelshaw, and Hazelwood.