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What does Nathaniel mean?

Nathaniel Pronunciation of Nathaniel [nathaniel] 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.

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Middle name pairings:
Nathaniel Tevin (N.T.), ..

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)

Nathaniel reached its highest position of #60 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #97 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Nathaniel (#97 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000 are Nathan (#38 via latest list), Nathanael (#580), Nate (#1695), 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 (#1301, 37.8% 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.

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