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What does Natal mean?

Natal \n(a)-tal\ as a boys' name is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Natal is "birthday". Refers to the birthday of Jesus, or Christmas. Also a place name for a province in South Africa, which was named Natal because explorer Vasco da Gama first spotted the shore on Christmas Day in 1497.


Natal has 4 variants: Natale, Natalino, Natalio and Nataly.

For more information, see also the related boy name Noel.


Natal is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#9001 out of 88799, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Natal and associated names. Noel (#356 in 2014) is the only popular varying form of Natal (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of this boy name was at its apex during the years 1970-1979 and is somewhat lower today. Noel (#356) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Noel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Noel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Nata and Natan. Like Natal, these names are not commonly used.