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Nathaniel

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Nathaniel

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Nathaniel in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Nathaniel:

  • Records indicate that 243,092 boys in the United States have been named Nathaniel since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2000, when 6,789 people in the U.S. were given the name Nathaniel. Those people are now 19 years old.

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "My beautiful boy is called Nathaniel Theo. he is 5 and loves his name. He corrects people when they dare to shorten it to Nathan - in his mind, that is a totally different name and nothing to do with him! Before he was born we imagined it would become Nathan and weren't too fazed but as soon as we saw him we just knew he was destined to be Nathaniel. It is a strong and regal sounding name and I think it is perfectly placed between common and different-for-the-sake-of-being-different. I love it and it makes me smile and feel proud whenever I see it written or hear it spoken :-)" Jul. 18, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my sons name - we shorten it to Nate. Yeah people think its nathan/daniel - but i soon correct them. since he was born, in 2008 - we've had 5 family's copy us and have nathaniel/nates of their own. I think it gives him some individuality and its 100x times better than the common jayden/brayden/hayden - its a beautiful dignified name and im proud to love one. hes 5 and loves his name :)" Apr. 14, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's Hebrew for "Gift of God" Nathan = Gift i = of El = God A fitting name for any child! "Nathan" is a perfectly fine shortened version of it, as it "Nate"... Because nicknames are a sign of affection :)" Sep. 5, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Nathaniel. One of its strengths is the many variations. My Grandfather called me Nat. My family called me Nate. At some point, I want to be called Nathan and then I decided I liked Nathaniel. At least two people I know have named their sons Nathaniel because of this cool feature." Feb. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is called nathaniel, we call him nate (or nateywate. lol)" Nov. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Nathaniel...and so is my grandson's...I think it's a strong name and should never be shortened to any version other than Nathaniel." Feb. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Nathaniel. We call him Natey for short." Nov. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's Nathaniel. We call him Natey or Nate Dogg. He carries the name well, totally cool. The name sounds great in full or in short, but in between as Nathan? No, that's a totally different name... for a Coney Island hot dog." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i dont know anyone with this name buti love it so much and if i ever have a son that will be his name!" May. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and chose it for my son. I don't like Nathan or Nate though, and am very particular about the fact that he should be called by his full name. Before our son was born I'd never met anyone with this name but now Nathaniels seem to be popping up everywhere!" Sep. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MYNAME IS AWESOME BETTA THEN ALL THE NAMES IN US AND A Pinoys Rulee!!1!" May. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it - not unusual and not too common. Intend to name my son Nathaniel, shortened to Nath." Jan. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My twin brother's name is Nathaniel, and i'm Natalia. We're pretty much the coolest set of boy-girl twins ever, hahah! <3" Dec. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathaniel is the coolest, most fashionable name in the world because it's my name. I'm an eleven year old soccer superstar. You will hear about me when I'm older. Just wait." Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love Nathaniel or Nathan. I really dislike it shortened to Nate though." Mar. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother is named Nathaniel. I think it's a great name. He can use its full length for a more professional sound, or he can shorten it to Nathan for a more "around the house" kinda sound. I also call him "Natie" as a sort of pet name." Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      11 Neutral Comments

  • "My son is Nathaniel and he cannot survive out of water. Not sure if there?s a correlation there, but I would avoid the name Nathaniel until more research is done" Oct. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Umm my name is nathaniel and I've always went by Nate and really i dont like ither names but i hope i will like it in the Future. Today tho i found out nathaniel means gift of god" Aug. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "some people sell it wrong like nathaiel but its clearly Nathaniel" Sep. 30, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Don't name your son Nathaniel if you dislike the name Nathan, because he WILL be called Nathan all the time! That has been my experience with naming my son Nathaniel (he's 2 now). Even after I correct people numerous times about calling him Nathan, they still do it. So annoying! Also, I've come across numerous people who have never heard of the name Nathaniel and can't pronounce it or spell it. My nickname preference is Nate, but I've come across many people who have not heard of that either. I really wish I had named my son something else." Mar. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Nathaniel (he's 1 1/2 now), and I really regret it. The main reason I regret it is because everybody calls him Nathan, which I hate. If you hate the name Nathan, do not name your son Nathaniel!! Of course, I tell people not to call him Nathan, but they don't listen. It's so annoying! My plan was to call him Nate as a nickname, but now the whole nickname thing bothers me. And people call him Nathan no matter what. Also, quite a number of people have never heard of Nathaniel (or can't spell it) or Nate. The only variation everyone is aware of is Nathan. Another reason I regret Nathaniel is that it sounds kind of old-fashioned. This old-fashioned quality was something I initially liked about the name, but now I'm kind of embarrassed by it. Anyway, I consider this name an epic fail. I would definitely name my son something else if I could do it over again." Jun. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is nathaniel but evryon calls me nat and my name is awesome but nathan is a hotdog not a name" Oct. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is mine Name, i like people called NATH,NATHAN,NATHANIEL,NATHREN,NETHAN etc" Aug. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is mine Name, i like people called NATH,NATHAN,NATHANIEL,NATHREN,NETHAN etc" Aug. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is mine Name, i like people called NATH,NATHAN,NATHANIEL,NATHREN,NETHAN etc" Aug. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My foster brother's name is Nathaniel. They often call him Nate, which he doesn't like at all. people often misspell it, which he also hates." Feb. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name. Disliked it as a kid, now like it as an adult. Usually go by Nat. I dislike "Nate." Been occasionally complimented on my name. Especially in communities with alot of biblical names, the Bahamas comes to mind. Many great Nathaniels of history. Sometimes have to repeat myself when being introduced. Once had an inner city woman on the phone think my name was NaDaniel. Whatever that is." Jan. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate



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