Meaning and Name Origin
Nathaniel \n(a)-tha-niel\ 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.
Nathaniel has 29 more related forms via Bartholomew: Bart▼, Bartalan, Bartel, Barth, Barthelemy, Barthlomeo, Bartho, Barthol, Barthold, Bartholoma, Bartholomaus, Bartholome, Bartholomeus, Bartin, Bartle, Bartlet, Bartlett, Bartlomiej, Bartolome, Bartolomej, Bartolomeo, Bartolomeu, Bartolommeo, Bartome, Bartow, Bartt, Bat, Bertel and Thole.
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 (#11179 out of 88799, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity 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)
Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the boy name Nathaniel and affiliated names. Popular related forms of Nathaniel (#94 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 are Nathan (#38 a year ago), Nathanael (#586), Nathanial, Nate, Bartholomew, Nat and Bart. These boy names were at the height of their popularity in 1998 and are somewhat less popular today, with the forms Nathanial, Nat, Bartholomew and Bart becoming less trendy. Nathan (#38) and Nathanael (#586) are two of the more chic names for newborns in this compilation, with Nathan having a rebound in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)