Nathaniel 🔥

Gender: Male Meaning of Nathaniel: "gift of God" Origin of Nathaniel: Hebrew Nathaniel's Popularity in 2019: #123

Nathaniel Origin and Meaning

The name Nathaniel is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of God".

Nathaniel was derived from the Hebrew name Netan’el, meaning “gift of God,” composed of the elements natan, meaning “to give,” and ’el, in reference to God. The name is featured several times in the Old and New Testaments, typically spelled Nathanael. In the New Testament, Nathanael is also known by his other name, Bartholomew.

Although Nathan is more popular, the more dignified Nathaniel dropped out of the Top 100 for the first time since 1977 in 2016. Despite the profusion of Nat names around, Nathaniel remains singularly appealing and distinctive, with several attractive nicknames — Nat, Natty and Nate.

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's 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 Pirates of the Caribbean character Nathaniel Hawk.

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Rank in US: #123

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Nathaniel's International Variations

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


Megan_Janaya Says:


Nathaniel is my favourite boys name.

indiefendi2 Says:


This is my dad's name but he's only called Nate. I kinda wish people would actually call him by his full name but that's just me.

maddiepie Says:


Nathaniel is a family name, and I absolutely love it!

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love this name. It's classic and timeless, and has the great nickname options of Nate and Nathan. It works for both a young boy and an adult.

Floris Says:


Well, your parent's have good taste in names ;)

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EW314 Says:


I really like Nathaniel. It's one of the lovely, longer traditional names for boys which work really well in the middle (others include William, Benjamin, Alexander, Sebastian and Jonathan), but Nathaniel is one of the more underused options. I also love it as a first name - Nate is the most common nickname but I have to say I much prefer sweet, strong Nat. All in all, this is a beautiful, classy name which suits a whole range of ages, appearances and personalities.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


A long time favourite of mine

Addie88 Says:


I used to really love this name, now it's lost some of its luster for me. It's still a great name, though. I can't use it, in any case, because a good friend of mine has a son named Nathaniel.

HeyItsAvery12 Says:


The middle name of my son.

HeyItsAvery12 Says:


I see you in every name I go.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I've always though this worked better on a dog.

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servals_ Says:


id rather use nathan or daniel

AnonymousPerson Says:


Nice name.

HatGirl Says:


i really like this name but it's my brother's name. :D