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).
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).
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>