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Nathanial?

31 replies

Freixene · 25/11/2023 08:48

It’s a bit of a compromise as my partner doesn’t like Nathan but we both like Nate as a shortening.
Is it too long/much of a mouthful? We only have a short surname

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BeardedIrises · 25/11/2023 08:49

Nathaniel?

Freixene · 25/11/2023 08:58

Ha- yes! Should probably learn to spell it before I lumber my child with it!!

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CalamityJaney · 25/11/2023 09:01

We have a Nathaniel, Nat for short. But mostly his full name. I’m biased but I think it’s a lovely name.

Freixene · 25/11/2023 09:06

CalamityJaney · 25/11/2023 09:01

We have a Nathaniel, Nat for short. But mostly his full name. I’m biased but I think it’s a lovely name.

Love Nat too. Do you come across many others?

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CottonPyjamas · 25/11/2023 09:09

That was the name I had picked for if my daughter had been a boy

Freixene · 25/11/2023 09:14

CottonPyjamas · 25/11/2023 09:09

That was the name I had picked for if my daughter had been a boy

What did you call your daughter? I’m leaning towards Faith for a girl.

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Dilbertian · 25/11/2023 09:34

Many people go through life being called by an abbreviated name and never using the full version of their name. People often don't know the full version of someone's name, or assume that Nate/Ben/Robbie is a nickname, whereas it's actually their full name.

If you want to call your ds Nate, go ahead. Name him Nathaniel, or name him Jonathan, or whatever you like. They are both lovely names, and both are an excuse for the nicknames Nat or Nate. Or you could even name him Nate.

The Nathan part, by the way, means gave / given. Nathaniel means 'given by God', and Jonathan means 'God gave'.

CalamityJaney · 25/11/2023 10:13

No, the occasional second name. I also liked the Nathanael spelling but decided to go with the usual one.

ZoyaTheDestroyer · 25/11/2023 10:15

Lovely name. Usually spelt Nathaniel, occasionally Nathanael, but I’d be inclined to use the former as it is much more widely known.

PumpkinsAndCoconuts · 25/11/2023 10:36

I‘m not too fond of Nathan either tbh.

But Nathaniel / Nathanael is lovely!

Pinkpinkpink15 · 25/11/2023 10:47

I love Nate. I'd put Nathaniel on the BC, but introduce him as Nate with everyone & everywhere. It just feels 'limiting' on a BC. Silly really.

GoodVibesHere · 25/11/2023 10:50

I dislike biblical names so wouldn't choose it myself.

ZoyaTheDestroyer · 25/11/2023 10:55

GoodVibesHere · 25/11/2023 10:50

I dislike biblical names so wouldn't choose it myself.

All of them?

Freixene · 25/11/2023 11:53

ZoyaTheDestroyer · 25/11/2023 10:55

All of them?

😂

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ThroughThickAndThin01 · 25/11/2023 12:01

Really like it. Great if you have a short surname. I love Nate as a shortening.

MerryChristmasToYou · 25/11/2023 12:16

Nate/Nat could be short for Netanyahu

LiquoriceAllsorts2 · 25/11/2023 13:20

I love it but my husband didn’t let me use it

peaceinourtime · 25/11/2023 16:07

I get the short last name but you will just be setting up little Nate/ big Nate as to why he has Nathaniel as a first name but has never gone by it.

RuthW · 25/11/2023 17:24

Nathaniel is lovely. Also like Jonathan with Nate as a shortening.

MaloneMeadow · 25/11/2023 17:30

Personally I think it’s a bit of a mouthful. Don’t really see how you can dislike Nathan (which is lovely) but like Nathaniel!

theduchessofspork · 25/11/2023 19:35

I really like it, and Nate is a nice shortform

(the full version is much nicer than Nathan IMO)

Dilbertian · 25/11/2023 20:58

peaceinourtime · 25/11/2023 16:07

I get the short last name but you will just be setting up little Nate/ big Nate as to why he has Nathaniel as a first name but has never gone by it.

Hardly. I know only one Samuel who goes by his full name. All the others are Sams. (I presume they are Samuels!) And the two men I know called Alex are never called Alexander, even though that is their given name.

hby9628 · 25/11/2023 21:38

I agree with @Pinkpinkpink15
I think it's a beautiful name. Strong but gentle. I absolutely love the shortened version of Nate.

35andThriving · 25/11/2023 21:59

I like Nathaniel. I think it's underused and lovely.

Dogsitterwoes · 26/11/2023 01:11

I think Nat and Nate work as given names.

Nathaniel - I'm afraid I just hear Miriam Margoyles saying '...Nathaniel sits on a spike.' in Blackadder.

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