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Do you prefer Nat or Nate as nickname for Nathaniel?

(21 Posts)
PipFEH Mon 04-Jul-11 13:07:52

I like both and can't make up my mind which to go with! Baby isn't here yet - should just hang on and see what seems to suit him once he's here do you think? I just feel like my older children would find Nat or Nate easier to get to grips with than Nathaniel as they are only little (33 months and 20 months at the time of posting). Plan is to start using the name in the weeks leading up to his arrival to help them understand what is happening (am 31 weeks at the moment).

ggirl Mon 04-Jul-11 13:08:57


nat bit girly

Hedwig3 Mon 04-Jul-11 13:26:36


sonniebonnie Mon 04-Jul-11 13:29:14

How do you pronounce Nathaniel? Nate-anyal or Nath-anyal or Nat-anyal? And which nickname would sound more like the full name?

TanteRose Mon 04-Jul-11 13:30:36


and its pronounced Na-THAN-yal (with stress on the middle syllable)

WhipMeIndiana Mon 04-Jul-11 13:32:23


Nat is girl's Nathalie

sonniebonnie Mon 04-Jul-11 13:33:24

Thanks Tanterose. I've never actually met a Nathaniel.

tammy234 Mon 04-Jul-11 13:37:01

I know a little Nat. Sounds more masculine to me, Nate is too close to Kate.

And there are no little Natashas or Natalies around these days, so kids won't know any female Nats.

StarryEyedMama Mon 04-Jul-11 13:38:13

Nate is much nicer IMO smile

PipFEH Mon 04-Jul-11 13:59:29

Oh dear. I am no less confused! My hubby has a definate preference for Nate (he says Nat sounds a bit harsh), so maybe I should just go with him as I am more neutral! My only reservation is that my hubby keeps saying 'Nate Dogg' in a tongue in cheek way and I worry that this will continue.........him and all his mates call each other by their surname, followed by dog (I know it sounds really sad, but it started off as a jokey stag do thing which has unfortunately stuck - some of them are really funny).

PipFEH Mon 04-Jul-11 14:00:14

I think I mean he and all his mates, not him? Grammar not what it once was - baby brain....!

Rubitue Mon 04-Jul-11 14:12:00


nellyjane Mon 04-Jul-11 14:20:40

I love the name Nate.
People have often tried to shorten my name to Nat and I have always hated it. Sounds like 'gnat' in my mind. Plus it sounds really horrible when people don't pronounce their Ts. <prim>

browneyesblue Mon 04-Jul-11 14:23:57

Nate - and if you really hate 'Nate Dogg', ask your husband to stop using it now, as your other children will start using it. Nip it in the bud while you still can smile

ja9 Mon 04-Jul-11 14:31:19

I LOVE Nate...

SloganLogan Mon 04-Jul-11 18:55:57

I like Nat. It's cool and snappy. Think of Nat King Cole the musician.

Nate reminds me of late, tates, mate.

FranSanDisco Mon 04-Jul-11 18:57:50

I refer Nat.

PurpleStrawberry Mon 04-Jul-11 20:39:39

Why not use both?!

My son is called Natanael and we use both nns.

pilates Mon 04-Jul-11 20:44:15

Nat sounds modern and trendy

hugeleyoutnumbered Mon 04-Jul-11 20:51:55


Chynah Mon 04-Jul-11 22:26:41

Nate (biased though!)

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