Nathaniel (alternate spelling: Nathanael) is a male name and surname. It comes from the Hebrew name נְתַנְאֵל/Nethan'el meaning "Gift of God" (from the Hebrew words nathan "Gift" + el "of God"). Nathaniel is commonly shortened to Nate, Nat, Natte, Natan, or Nathan.

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Famous quotes containing the word nathaniel:

    I am the scroll of the poet behind which samurai swords are being sharpened.
    Lester Cole, U.S. screenwriter, Nathaniel Curtis, and Frank Lloyd. Prince Tatsugi (Frank Puglia)

    There is the grand truth about Nathaniel Hawthorne. He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes. For all men who say yes, lie; and all men who say no,—why, they are in the happy condition of judicious, unincumbered travellers in Europe; they cross the frontiers into Eternity with nothing but a carpet-bag,—that is to say, the Ego. Whereas those yes-gentry, they travel with heaps of baggage, and, damn them! they will never get through the Custom House.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)

    The American, who up to the present day, has evinced, in Literature, the largest brain with the largest heart, that man is Nathaniel Hawthorne.
    Herman Melville (1819–1891)