Nathaniel name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nathaniel mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Nathaniel

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Tennessee, U.S., the name Nathaniel is of Hebrew origin and means "Netan'el, Greek translates it to Nathaniel or Nate. 'God has given.' or. 'Gift from God.'".
  2. 6 submissions from all over the world agree the name Nathaniel means "Gift from god" and is of Hebrew / English origin.
  3. According to 6 people from all over the world, the name Nathaniel is of Hebrew origin and means "Gift of God".
  4. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Nathaniel is of English origin and means "Most important person/ Gift from The Greatest. Also means Gift from God, literally directly from God himself".
  5. According to a user from Maryland, U.S., the name Nathaniel means "Grace/ Gift of god".
  6. According to a user from Nevada, U.S., the name Nathaniel means "Gods gift to the world".
  7. 2 submissions from the United States agree the name Nathaniel means "God has given" and is of English / Hebrew origin.
  8. According to a user from Massachusetts, U.S., the name Nathaniel is of Shona origin and means "Given by god".
  9. A submission from Canada says the name Nathaniel means "a present from god" and is of Russian origin.
  10. A user from California, U.S. says the name Nathaniel is of Arabic origin and means "Gift of Allah".
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Modification, under influence of Daniel, of Nathanael, from Ancient Greek Ναθαναήλ (Nathanaḗl), from Biblical Hebrew נְתַנְאֵל‎ (Netan'el, literally “God has given”).

  1. A male given name from Hebrew.

Notable Persons Named Nathaniel

Notable Persons Named Nathaniel

Nathaniel Essex

Nathaniel Essex is a comics character.

Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole was a vocal jazz, swing music, and traditional pop music musician. He plays Piano, vocals, organ, melodica, and Organ (music). His ongoing career started in 1935. Nat was given the name Nathaniel Adams Coles on March 17th, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, U.S. Nat is also known as Nat Cole. He passed away on February 15th, 1965.

Nat Wolff

Nat Wolff is a pop music, rock music, and independent music musician. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Nat was given the name Nathaniel Marvin Wolff on December 17th, 1994 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Nate Dogg

Nate Dogg was a g-funk, hip hop music, west coast hip hop, gangsta rap, hip hop soul, and contemporary r&b musician. He was most prominent from 1992 to 2011. Nate was given the name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale on August 19th, 1969. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 2011.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was a writer. Nathaniel was given the name Nathaniel Hathorne on July 4th, 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts, United States. He left this life on May 19th, 1864.

Nate Silver

Nate Silver is a statistician and journalist. He holds the title Editor in Chief and FiveThirtyEight. Nate was given the name Nathaniel Read Silver on January 13th, 1978 in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nathaniel

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nathaniel

Afia Nathaniel

Afia was born in 1974.

Chris Nathaniel

Chris Nathaniel is a sports agent. Chris was born Chris Nathaniel on March 9th, 1982.

D. Jonadob Nathaniel

He holds the title The Reverend Doctor. D. was given the name Devasagayam Jonadob Nathaniel in India.


Nathaniel was born on June 12th, 1940.

Teon Nathaniel

Teon Nathaniel is an athlete for the SAP FC.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nathaniel U.S.
  White 14.79% 64.26%
  African American 63.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.94% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.97% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nathaniel

People with the last name Nathaniel are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Nathaniel

  • What name lists does Nathaniel rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Nathaniel? Nathaniel is the 279th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nathaniel was the 15,692nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nathaniel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 272,031 babies born with the first name Nathaniel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nathaniel to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nathaniel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 60 new born babies.
  • When was Nathaniel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nathaniel is Thursday, May 22nd, 1856.
  • What year had the most people named Nathaniel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nathaniel was in 2002 with a total of 6,812 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nathaniel!
  • Random Nathaniel Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nathaniel ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 53 babies in Arizona have the same name in 1980.
  • Weird things about the name Nathaniel: The name spelled backwards is Leinahtan. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ennhaiatl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nathaniel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,859 people with the last name Nathaniel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nathaniel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nathaniel as their last name since less than 1 person in 159k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Nathaniel name meaning

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