Nathaniel

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262k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Nathaniel

"Nathaniel" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Gift of God". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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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.

Notable Persons Named Nathaniel

Nathaniel Essex is a comics character.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Afia was born in 1974.

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

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

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Nathaniel was born on June 12th, 1940.

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Teon Nathaniel is an athlete for the SAP FC.

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How popular is the baby name Nathaniel in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 60 0 60
1881 48 0 48
1882 57 0 57
1883 49 0 49
1884 56 0 56
1885 54 0 54
1886 59 0 59
1887 57 0 57
1888 63 0 63
1889 48 0 48
1890 75 0 75
1891 46 0 46
1892 78 0 78
1893 58 0 58
1894 77 0 77
1895 72 0 72
1896 73 0 73
1897 43 0 43
1898 90 0 90
1899 72 0 72
1900 118 0 118
1901 92 0 92
1902 88 0 88
1903 105 0 105
1904 105 0 105
1905 117 0 117
1906 101 0 101
1907 124 0 124
1908 150 0 150
1909 143 0 143
1910 232 0 232
1911 207 0 207
1912 356 0 356
1913 337 0 337
1914 470 0 470
1915 559 5 554
1916 590 0 590
1917 646 6 640
1918 661 0 661
1919 755 7 748
1920 837 0 837
1921 749 0 749
1922 799 0 799
1923 721 0 721
1924 808 8 800
1925 820 10 810
1926 826 6 820
1927 779 10 769
1928 739 12 727
1929 770 7 763
1930 760 7 753
1931 664 5 659
1932 788 8 780
1933 737 8 729
1934 790 8 782
1935 754 7 747
1936 746 8 738
1937 709 5 704
1938 749 0 749
1939 773 5 768
1940 845 11 834
1941 834 5 829
1942 847 5 842
1943 845 6 839
1944 873 9 864
1945 854 0 854
1946 985 10 975
1947 1,108 6 1,102
1948 1,170 11 1,159
1949 1,201 8 1,193
1950 1,237 14 1,223
1951 1,259 11 1,248
1952 1,268 13 1,255
1953 1,280 12 1,268
1954 1,239 11 1,228
1955 1,348 13 1,335
1956 1,314 11 1,303
1957 1,278 16 1,262
1958 1,123 16 1,107
1959 1,164 11 1,153
1960 1,152 8 1,144
1961 1,060 9 1,051
1962 1,093 8 1,085
1963 1,030 6 1,024
1964 1,032 8 1,024
1965 1,084 13 1,071
1966 917 13 904
1967 987 10 977
1968 935 11 924
1969 1,010 17 993
1970 1,146 11 1,135
1971 1,227 15 1,212
1972 1,221 12 1,209
1973 1,414 21 1,393
1974 1,622 12 1,610
1975 1,990 30 1,960
1976 2,220 8 2,212
1977 2,521 22 2,499
1978 2,947 21 2,926 #94 boy name
1979 3,067 26 3,041 #95 boy name
1980 3,520 28 3,492 #86 boy name
1981 3,746 26 3,720 #80 boy name
1982 3,971 34 3,937 #75 boy name
1983 3,671 30 3,641 #79 boy name
1984 3,627 26 3,601 #80 boy name
1985 4,026 25 4,001 #77 boy name
1986 4,068 37 4,031 #78 boy name
1987 4,077 31 4,046 #78 boy name
1988 4,077 22 4,055 #81 boy name
1989 4,132 15 4,117 #84 boy name
1990 4,358 16 4,342 #86 boy name
1991 4,376 8 4,368 #84 boy name
1992 4,700 13 4,687 #79 boy name
1993 4,863 9 4,854 #75 boy name
1994 5,038 10 5,028 #78 boy name
1995 5,216 13 5,203 #73 boy name
1996 5,426 7 5,419 #69 boy name
1997 5,780 6 5,774 #65 boy name
1998 6,436 9 6,427 #60 boy name
1999 6,476 12 6,464 #62 boy name
2000 6,812 14 6,798 #61 boy name
2001 6,660 17 6,643 #61 boy name
2002 6,825 16 6,809 #62 boy name
2003 6,670 5 6,665 #63 boy name
2004 6,702 35 6,667 #68 boy name
2005 6,686 7 6,679 #69 boy name
2006 6,629 8 6,621 #69 boy name
2007 6,066 9 6,057 #82 boy name
2008 5,858 8 5,850 #77 boy name
2009 5,431 9 5,422 #75 boy name
2010 5,106 6 5,100 #80 boy name
2011 4,982 13 4,969 #84 boy name
2012 4,777 0 4,777 #84 boy name
2013 4,525 6 4,519 #91 boy name
2014 4,298 0 4,298 #94 boy name
2015 4,202 0 4,202 #97 boy name
2016 3,856 6 3,850

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Popularity of Nathaniel as a first name

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Popularity of Nathaniel as a last name

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Common last names for Nathaniel

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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

  • How Popular is the name Nathaniel? Nathaniel is the 280th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 261,925 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 6,809 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nathaniel!
  • Random Nathaniel Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nathaniel ranks 57th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 79 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Nathaniel: Your name in reverse order is Leinahtan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hneliaant. 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!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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