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Gender: M Meaning of Nathaniel: "gift of God" Origin of Nathaniel: Hebrew Nathaniel's Popularity in 2012: #84

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Although Nathan is more popular, the more dignified Nathaniel is firmly in the Top 100 and has been since the 1980s. Despite the profusion of Nat names around, Nathaniel remains singularly appealing and distinctive, with several attractive nicknames--Nat, Natty and Nate. Parents finding it overused might opt for New Testament Apostle Nathaniel's other name, Bartholomew.

A boy named Nathaniel would have any number of real life and literary namesakes to inspire him. These include Revolutionary General Nathanael Greene, rebel slave Nat Turner, writers Nathaniel Hawthorne and Nathanael (born Nathan) West, lithographer Nathaniel Currier, partner of Ives, and singer/pianist Nat "King" Cole.

An early literary character with the name is Sir Nathaniel in Shakespeare's "Love Labour's Lost," and then there was Natty Bumpo in James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, Nathaniel Winkle in Dickens's The Pickwick Papers, and later Dr. Nathaniel Branden in Atlas Shrugged.

In the realm of pop culture, we find such Nathaniels as Nate Fisher in "Six Feet Under," and others in "The Wire", "Gossip Girl" and Enchanted, as well as the protaganist of the Pirates of the Caribbean video--Nathaniel Hawk.

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Famous People Named Nathaniel

Nathaniel Hawthorne, classic American novelist
Nathaniel "Nate" Ruess, lead singer of Fun.
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, American rapper
Walker Nathaniel Diggs, son of American actor Taye Diggs
Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, American singer
Nathaniel juarez wolff, hot and spicy from mexico
Nathaniel "Nate" Motte, member of 3Oh!3

Pop Culture References for the Name Nathaniel

Nathaniel "Nate" Fitzwilliam Archibald, a main character in the "Gossip Girl" book and TV series
Nathaniel "Nate" Grey, "Infernal Devices" by Cassandra Clare
Nathaniel Fisher, character from "Six Feet Under"
Nathanial "Nate", main character in Nate the Great
Nathaniel "Baze" Basil, character on TV Show "Life Unexpected"
Nathaniel Howe, a character from the video game 'Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening'

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Nathaniel's International Variations

Nathanael (French) Nataniele (Italian) Natanael (Swedish)