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The Name Nathaniel - Origin and Meaning of Nathaniel

The Name Nathaniel - Origin and Meaning of Nathaniel



Origin of the Name Nathaniel


Usage of the Name Nathaniel


Meaning of the Name Nathaniel

The name Nathaniel is a regular English form of Nathanael, which is derived from the Hebrew name Netan'el meaning "God has given". Nathanael was the form used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament, but Nathaniel has always been the most popular spelling of this name in the English-speaking world.

Interesting Facts about Nathaniel

- In Charles Dickens's The Pickwick Papers (1836), Nathaniel Winkle is Pickwick's friend and one of the main characters.
- Nathaniel Taggart is the character in Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged (1957).
- Nathaniel "Natty" Bumppo is one of the main characters in The Last of the Mohicans (1826) by James Fenimore Cooper.
- There are also characters named Nathaniel in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew (1623) and Love's Labour's Lost (1598).

Famous Bearers

Bearers of the name include Nathaniel Dance-Holland (1735 - 1811), an English painter; Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864), an American writer; Nathaniel Clifton (1922 - 1990), an American basketball player; Nathaniel Ayers (born 1951), an American musician; Nathaniel Parker (born 1962), an English actor; Nathaniel James (born 1981), an American boxer; Nathaniel Brown (born 1988), an American actor.
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