Meaning and name origin
Nathaniel \n(a)-tha-niel\ as a boy's 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.
Nathaniel is a very popular first name for males (#206 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#11179 out of 88799, Top 13%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nathaniel for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nathaniel and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nathan (#38), Nathaniel (#94), Nathanael (#586), Nathanial, Nate, Nat and Bartholomew. (2014 statistics).