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Pronunciation /nəˈθænjəl/
Gender Male
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning "Given by God / Gifted by God"

Nathaniel (alternate spelling: Nathanael) is a male name and surname. It comes from the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל/Netan'el meaning "Given of God"[1][2] (from the Hebrew words nathan "Gave" + el "of God"). Nathaniel is commonly shortened to Nat, Nate, Natte, Natty, Nati, Natan, or Nathan.

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The biblical Nathanael depicted in stained glass.

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  1. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Nathaniel
  2. ^ - Origin and Meaning of Nathanael