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What does Nathanael mean?

Nathanael Pronunciation of Nathanael [nathanael] as a name for boys is of Hebrew derivation, and Nathanael means "God has given". Nathanael is an alternate spelling of Nathaniel (Hebrew). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles. See also Bartholomew.


Nathanael has 7 variants: Nathaneal, Nathanial, Nathanyal, Nathanyel, Nethanel, Nethaniel and Nethanyel.

3 more alternative forms via Nathaniel: Natanael, Nataniel and Nathan.

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Middle name pairings:
Nathanael Tanner (N.T.), ..

How popular is Nathanael?

Nathanael is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#1121 out of 1220, Top 92%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Nathanael was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #406 in the U.S. in 1998, and is presently at #580. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathanael name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Nathanael (#580 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Bartholomew, Natanael, Nathan (#38 in 2015), Nathanial and Nathaniel (#97). Other variants, like Nethaniel, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Nathanael was well-received among parents in 2004 (adoption of 1.1%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.7%, 38%). Nathan is more universally found than the rest, though Nathanael has gained in usage over time, while Nathanial is no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathanael, Bartholomew, Natanael, Nathan, Nathanial, Nathaniel in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nathan, Nathaniel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Chaniel, Chanyel, Mihangel, Natal, Natale, Natan, Nathen, Nathon, Othniel, Raphael and Thaniel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nathanael.

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