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135 Best Middle Names For Nathaniel

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How exciting, you’re having a baby boy- congratulations! You’ve got your hearts set on the name Nathaniel, but what about his middle name?

In this article, we will be covering 135 of the best middle names for Nathaniel. We have put together some of our favorite middle names that span both traditional and unique options.

What Does The Name Nathaniel Mean

Although in more recent years the variation “Nathan” has become more popular, Nathaniel is definitely much more distinctive and appealing. The name is originally derived from Hebrew, meaning “gift of God” which is perfect for your baby.

The name is featured several times in the Old and New Testaments with a slight variation on the spelling which we will look at later.

Best Middle Names for Nathaniel

  1. Nathaniel Alexander
  2. Nathaniel Archer
  3. Nathaniel Arlo
  4. Nathaniel Arrow
  5. Nathaniel Ashton
  6. Nathaniel Atticus
  7. Nathaniel Avery
  8. Nathaniel Banks
  9. Nathaniel Barrett
  10. Nathaniel Bates
  11. Nathaniel Bennett
  12. Nathaniel Bentley
  13. Nathaniel Blake
  14. Nathaniel Boden
  15. Nathaniel Brady
  16. Nathaniel Brant
  17. Nathaniel Braxton
  18. Nathaniel Brenner
  19. Nathaniel Brent
  20. Nathaniel Bridge
  21. Nathaniel Briggs
  22. Nathaniel Brodey
  23. Nathaniel Brooks
  24. Nathaniel Caleb
  25. Nathaniel Cameron
  26. Nathaniel Cannon
  27. Nathaniel Carson
  28. Nathaniel Carter
  29. Nathaniel Cason
  30. Nathaniel Chase
  31. Nathaniel Clay
  32. Nathaniel Colton
  33. Nathaniel Connor
  34. Nathaniel Cooper
  35. Nathaniel Dakota
  36. Nathanial Dallas
  37. Nathaniel Dalton
  38. Nathaniel Damien
  39. Nathaniel Damon
  40. Nathaniel Daniel
  41. Nathaniel David
  42. Nathaniel Dayton
  43. Nathaniel Deacon
  44. Nathaniel Dixon
  45. Nathaniel Drake
  46. Nathaniel Duke
  47. Nathaniel Duncan
  48. Nathaniel  Dylan
  49. Nathaniel Easton
  50. Nathaniel Edison
  51. Nathaniel Elijah
  52. Nathaniel Emmerson
  53. Nathaniel Emmett
  54. Nathaniel Everest
  55. Nathaniel Falcon
  56. Nathaniel Felix
  57. Nathaniel Fielder
  58. Nathaniel Finnegan
  59. Nathaniel Ford
  60. Nathaniel Forest
  61. Nathaniel Forrester
  62. Nathaniel Gabriel
  63. Nathaniel Gage 
  64. Nathaniel Garland
  65. Nathaniel Garrett
  66. Nathaniel Garrison
  67. Nathaniel Gatlin
  68. Nathaniel Gentry
  69. Nathaniel Grady
  70. Nathaniel Graham
  71. Nathaniel Granger
  72. Nathaniel Grant
  73. Nathaniel Gray
  74. Nathaniel Grayson
  75. Nathaniel Hamilton
  76. Nathaniel Harlan
  77. Nathaniel Harrison
  78. Nathaniel Hawk
  79. Nathaniel Hayden
  80. Nathaniel Hayes
  81. Nathaniel Hendrix
  82. Nathaniel Henry
  83. Nathaniel Holden
  84. Nathaniel Holt
  85. Nathaniel Huck
  86. Nathaniel Hudson
  87. Nathaniel Hunter
  88. Nathaniel Hutton
  89. Nathaniel Hyde
  90. Nathaniel Jack
  91. Nathaniel Jackson
  92. Nathaniel James
  93. Nathaniel Jayden
  94. Nathaniel Jett
  95. Nathaniel Jonah
  96. Nathaniel Joshua
  97. Nathaniel Judd
  98. Nathaniel Jude
  99. Nathaniel Judson
  100. Nathaniel Julien
  101. Nathaniel Kane
  102. Nathaniel Kennedy
  103. Nathaniel Kent
  104. Nathaniel Kingston
  105. Nathaniel Knox
  106. Nathaniel Lawson
  107. Nathaniel Ledger
  108. Nathaniel Lincoln
  109. Nathaniel Madden
  110. Nathaniel Maddox
  111. Nathaniel Mason
  112. Nathaniel Mateo
  113. Nathaniel Maverick
  114. Nathaniel Merritt
  115. Nathaniel Miller
  116. Nathaniel Nash
  117. Nathaniel Noah
  118. Nathaniel Oakley
  119. Nathaniel Oliver
  120. Nathaniel Parker
  121. Nathaniel Patton
  122. Nathaniel Quinn
  123. Nathaniel Radley
  124. Nathaniel Ranger
  125. Nathaniel Robert
  126. Nathaniel Sawyer
  127. Nathaniel Shane
  128. Nathaniel Spencer
  129. Nathaniel Stone
  130. Nathaniel Sullivan
  131. Nathaniel Thomas
  132. Nathaniel Travis
  133. Nathaniel Wade
  134. Nathaniel Weston
  135. Nathaniel Wilder
  136. Nathaniel Wyatt

Why You Need A Middle Name

There are a few different reasons why parents feel that their children need to have a middle name. Here are a few for you to consider if you are still on the fence about whether Nathaniel really needs a middle name or not.

To Set Them Apart

Yes, that’s right giving your baby a middle name can help to distinguish them from other children with the same name in their class. But with that said this will not always apply and depends very much on whether your baby boy has a super popular name or something a little more unique.

Middle Name Equals Better Behavior

We all remember as children when our parents used our full name that we were in big trouble. It is a common parenting hack to use your children’s full name when telling them off and there is actually research that has proved it improves children’s behavior.

Being reminded of your middle name actually leads to an increase in good behavior.

Alternative Name Option

Every parent hopes that their children love the name we choose for them but it’s not always the case despite our best intentions.

So in cases such as this by providing your little one with a middle name gives them the option of using it as an alternative to their first name.

Finding The Right Middle Name

For some parents finding the right middle name is just as important as finding the first name.

While other parents allow themselves to have a little more fun when choosing a middle name as they feel they are slightly less important as it is not the name the child will use every day.

But with that said, don’t let the wrong middle name take away from all your hard work finding the perfect first name for your little one.

If you really fancy a challenge, you could opt for two middle names. You’re only legally required to have a first name and a surname on your birth certificates in the US. Anything after that is simply down to personal choice.

Where To Look For Inspiration

As it’s been said most people do not use their middle name on a daily basis so you can take a step away from the more traditional names and opt for something that is a little more weird and wacky.

Here are a few ideas of where to look for some inspiration for that middle name if you are struggling.

Family Tradition

The most common place to start for most people is with their own family. Many families have a tradition of passing down a middle name from one generation to another or choosing a middle name that begins with a certain letter.

While you may decide on a middle name to honor a relative. This could be a grandparent, aunt, uncle, or even a maiden name.

Take a good look into your family history and you’re sure to find a name that is perfect for your child and connects them to their family heritage, even before they are old enough to understand the connection.

Maybe you have some European heritage that you would like to honor, if so why not check out our European Boys Names for some more inspiration.

Two Is Better Than One

Maybe you and your partner had a first name choice that was pipped at the post for a variety of reasons.

The middle name may be a way to use that second place first name in your baby’s full name as their middle name. As most first names also make great middle names, there’s nothing to worry about.

Memories Or Place Names

Celebrities are not the only people who can use place names for their children’s names. They are actually very trendy at the moment.

So if you and your partner have a special place that holds some fond memories or a favorite destination, go for it.

What To Be Careful Of When Choosing The Perfect Middle Name

Middle names are an opportunity to be a little wilder and daring with your children’s names. After all, it is not the name they will be using every day.

This is why you often find people with some weird and wonderful middle names that their parents just couldn’t let go of but also couldn’t justify as a first name. There are a few things that you need to consider when choosing the perfect middle name.

Potential For An Unfortunate Nickname

You need to put yourself into the mind of a child and think as they do. If you can think up some cruel and not very nice names to tease your child, then you can bet that any child in the playground can too.

Initials

Remember that your children’s initials will often be written down on display so you need to ensure that they do not spell out any unfortunate words.

With Nathaniel as a first name, there is always the chance that their initials could potentially spell out some less than desirable words.

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Flow Of Entire Name

When you decide on the perfect first name, along with an awesome middle name, and of course you already know the surname, you need to check that it all flows together and is not too clunky when you say it out loud.

If you have any doubts get a second opinion from family and friends and say the full name in conversation.

If the name sounds clunky or you are tripping over your words, there’s a pretty good chance that it is not the right combination of names.

Different Ways To Spell Nathaniel

There are very few alternate spellings of Nathaniel, but here are the few that we could find:

  1. Nathaniael
  2. Nathaniail
  3. Nathaniayl

Cute Sibling Names That Go Perfectly With Nathaniel

If you have more than one child or plan on having anymore, finding names that go well together is another important factor that you may need to consider.

Remember that you will probably say your little one’s name a million times together so it is important that they flow well. Here are a few suggestions for sibling names that work well with Nathaniel.

  1. Nathaniel and Rebecca
  2. Nathaniel and Arabella
  3. Nathaniel and Jessie
  4. Nathaniel and Gemma
  5. Nathaniel and Grace
  6. Nathaniel and Zachary
  7. Nathaniel and Thomas
  8. Nathaniel and Josiah
  9. Nathaniel and Jackson
  10. Nathaniel and Matthew

Nicknames for Nathaniel

Many people find that nicknames often come naturally as their little one grows older and you learn more about their character, but here are some options for nicknames that can also be used for names similar to Nathaniel.

  1. Nat
  2. Nate
  3. Nath
  4. Natty
  5. Thanny

The Final Thought

We hope you’ve managed to find the perfect middle name to go with Nathaniel. From traditional to unique we have provided a range of different middle name options. Trust your gut, when you’ve found the right name combination for him – you will definitely know!

But if you are still looking for inspiration then why not check out some of our Best Rock Names or Fantastic Bird Names.

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!