origin: French


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: Gift of God

Similar to but less popular than Nathan, Nathaniel’s been in the top 75 for over a decade, and the top 100 since ’78. It offers a few different nickname options -- Nat, Nate, Nathan -- and is also a rich, strong name in its full form. The name comes from one of the apostles -- who was also known as Bartholomew (which is certainly an option if you fear the rising popularity of Nathaniel and Nathan).

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 77

Famous nathaniel

  • Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald - character in Gossip Girl
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne - author
  • Nathaniel “Nate� Fisher, Jr. - character in Six Feet Under

Infamous nathaniel

  • Nathaniel Marston - actor

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