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What does Natal mean?

Natal [na-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.

Affiliated boy name: Noel.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Netal, Newtal, ..

(female) Natalla, Natallea, ..

How popular is Natal?

Natal is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#12590 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Below is a graphed comparison of the history of Natal and associated names. Noel (#356 in recent rankings) and Natale are the popular varying forms of Natal (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Natal is widespread in 2014. Noel has been the overall favorite. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Natale, Noel in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Antal, Cathal, Danal, Gamal, Hamal, Jalal, Jamal, Kamal, Laval, Magal, Nabil, Naftali, Nagel, Naman, Nat, Nata, Natan, Nate, Nathan, Natty, Neal, Nial, Njal, Rafal and Vital. These names tend to be more commonly used than Natal.