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  1. #11
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    Bit of an older thread, but I had to jump in here. I know a fair few children / young people with this name, and every single one has the -ael spelling. They're all either English or Welsh and pronounce it exactly the same as Nathaniel. It's always interested me how Nathanael is quite well-used in my circles, yet Nathaniel has very little usage. I can think of one Nathaniel I used to know, but that's about it.

    Gwennan Lærke Juliet :: Edith Vervain :: Robin Cadfael Otis

    Lucy Berengaria Violet :: Miriam Azalea :: Saskia Linnet :: Iris Léopoldine Lark

    Finn Alasdair :: Odelia Rosemary :: Tess Hyacinth

  2. #13
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    Oct 2012
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    If this was for a first name, I would without a doubt suggest you go the more common spelling, since the child will have to spell his name out all the time. As a middle, you can do what you want. People very rarely write down middle names, especially not their own. So the child will write it, but it would be very uncommon for someone else to be spelling it out, so go with what you prefer
    Girls Names
    Matilda Harriet Maeve Octavia Sienna Tabitha

    Girls Middles/Honours
    Anna/Anne Ella/Elle/Ellen June Caroline


    Boys Names
    Caspian Elias Theodore Elliot/Otto

    Boys Middles/Honours
    Piers/Peter Charles John Albert


  3. #15
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    Apr 2015
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    In the middle spot it's probably fine, although my Godsister named her first son Nathanuel and I know she regrets it.
    Amber/American/25/Namenerd

    ~middle/honor names~
    Jameson * Wesley * Arthur
    Annemarie * Eloise * Arietta
    Sonnet* Fable*Arrow*Bear

    ~Gents~
    Caspian/Kip * Everett/Rhett * Phillip/Pip
    Alexander/Axel * Patrick/Pax
    Malcolm/Mac * Arthur/Ace * Gregory/Rory

    ~Ladies~
    Imogen/Moe * Cordelia/Cody * Olympia/Ollie
    Felicity/Fitz * Aurora/Rory * Bridget/Jett

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