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What does Nathaniel mean?

Nathaniel /nath-aniel/ as a boys' name is pronounced na-THAN-yel. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nathaniel is "God has given".

Biblical: one of the 12 apostles, who was also called Bartholomew. Used by the Puritans. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne; musician Nat "King" Cole.

Associated with: biblical, puritans, king


Nathaniel has 15 variants: Nat, Natanael, Nataniel, Nate, Nathan, Nathanael, Nathaneal, Nathanial, Nathanyal, Nathanyel, Natty, Nethanel, Nethaniel, Nethanyel and Thaniel.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Nashaniel, Navaniel, ..

(female) Nathaniela, Nathnel, ..

How popular is Nathaniel?

Nathaniel is a very popular first name for men (#206 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#16208 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Charted below is the birth name history of Nathaniel for boys. Nathaniel reached its highest position of #60 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #94 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the history of the boy name Nathaniel and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Nathaniel (#94 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000 are Nathan (#38 via latest list), Nathanael (#586), Nate (#1530), Nat, Nathanial, Natanael and Bartholomew. These forms of Nathaniel were at the height of their popularity in 2004 (median #1062) and are somewhat less conventional today (#1281, 35.7% less usage). Nathan has historically been the top pick of parents, although Nathanael seems to be gaining favor too, while versions such as Nathanial are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathaniel, Bartholomew, Nat, Natanael, Nate in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Chaniel, Chanyel, Daniel, Gamaliel, Haniel, Hanniel, Kaniel, Macniel, Mihangel, Natal, Natale, Natalino, Natalio, Natan, Nathen, Nathon, Othniel, Otniel, Raphael and Sachiel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nathaniel.