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Nathanael is a unique alternative to the more common Nathaniel. Both come from the ancient Hebrew name Netan'el. Nathanael, however, was a name for a character found in the New Testament too. As of 2020, Nathanael is a top 800 option.

Meaning of the name Nathanael:

Hebrew: God has given, gift of God

Origin of the name Nathanael:

Nathanael comes from the ancient Hebrew name, Netan'el. It comes from the words “natan” and “el.” The name first showed up with this spelling in the New Testament of the Bible. Nathanael was an apostle who was also called Bartholomew.

Symbolism of the name Nathanael:

The baby name Nathanael means “God has given” or “gift of God” because of the words “natan” and “el.” “Natan” translates to “to give,” and “el” means “God.”

Style of the name Nathanael:

Classical

Gender of the name Nathanael:

Male – Nathanael is a formal name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Nathanael:

nuh-THAN-yel

Number of syllables in the name Nathanael:

Three

Emotion evoked from the name Nathanael:

Nathanael is upper class and mature. It is a powerful name that is still wholesome.

Alternative spellings for the name Nathanael:

  • Nathaniel 
  • Nathanyel
  • Nathanial
  • Nathaniael
  • Nathaniayl
  • Nathanieyl
  • Nathaniell
  • Nathanaell

Nicknames for the name Nathanael:

Popularity of the name Nathanael:

Nathanael became a top 1,000 baby name in America in 1972 at rank 982. It became a top 500 option in 1979 when number 498. Nathanael ranked highest in 1998 at number 406. As of 2020, Nathanael is a top 800 name at rank 721. In comparison, Nathaniel was number 126 in 2020.

Related names for the name Nathanael:

Great middle names for Nathanael and their meanings:

  • Cole (victory of the people)
  • Archer (bow, a bowman)
  • Malachi (my messenger)
  • Owen (noble, youthful, well-born)
  • Titus (title of honor, pigeon)
  • Cohen (priest)
  • Desmond (gracious defender)
  • Felix (lucky, fortunate)

Famous people with the name Nathanael:

Nathanaels in popular culture:

  • Nathanael (name of an apostle in the New Testament)
  • Nathanael (character from “Miraculous Ladybug”)