Its source is Netanyahu, a Hebrew name meaning "God has given."
The name Nathanial ranked 621st in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 1087th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name appears on the 1990 U.S. Census lists, it is used by only a small percentage of the general population.
In Christian scripture, this was the name of one of Christ's disciples. It is believed that he was most commonly indentified by the surname Bartholomew, an Aramic-derived patronymic meaning ''son of Talmai.''