Nathaniel: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Nathaniel | Boys
Origin of the name Nathaniel:
Derived from the Hebrew nĕthan'ēl (gift of God). The name is borne in the Bible by a disciple of Jesus, one of those to whom Christ appeared after the resurrection. He is believed to be the same character as Bartholomew.
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We chose Nathaniel as our sons name and it fits him. We do call him Nate as he is only 2, but deep down he is a serious soul, and I associate Nathaniel with being serious and studious. My only complaint is that people love to call him Nathan. Even family members. It drives me up the wall! It's not that hard - Nate or Nathaniel! That is my one complaint that I was totally not expecting when we chose this name.
I married a Nathaniel. He goes by Nate or even Nathan. Funnily enough, my name (Dorothy) means the same thing - "gift of God." I guess we're gifts to each other.
The few guys I know with the name Nathaniel have anger issues. They seem to have a really hard time controlling their anger. While they are very, very smart, they tend to think that they know everything. And they try to make other people 'better' by 'teaching' them how they 'should' be. Even though I love them both, they can be very demanding, attention seekers, and always showing off or showing people up.
On the plus side, they are smart, they tend to look into things before they pick sides, and as soon as they decide they like something/someone, they stand by it/them. Likewise when they decide they don't like something. They are really loyal, and total sweethearts when it comes to the women they love, and seem like they would fight to death to protect what they love.
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Nate, Nat, Than, Nathan, Tate, Nien, Neil
One of my friends ended up with the nickname 'Nay-Nay' from his niece, who couldn't say his name. It's stuck for years-He acts like he hates it, but I think he kind of likes it.
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Gift of God
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Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician and the founder of modern maritime navigation
Nathaniel "Nat King" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist
Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (The Scarlet Letter)
Nathaniel "Nate" Novarro, drummer of the band Cobra Starship
Nathaniel Bacon, leader of "Bacon's Rebellion"
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Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo, the hero of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales and several subsequent film adaptations. He is known in various stories as Deerslayer and Hawkeye.
Nathaniel (Nate) Fisher - main character on the television show Six Feet Under. The character was named after his father, who also appears on the series.
Nathaniel 'Nate' Archibald- A teen aged, upper east side character from the Gossip Girl book and television series.
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Global Popularity of the Name Nathaniel
- #64 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #77 in United States
- #84 in Canada (Alberta)
- #91 in Canada (Quebec)
- #139 in Norway
- #207 in Scotland