National Nathaniel Day is celebrated on November 12 every year meant to celebrate everyone with the name Nathaniel. It is a masculine name of English origin. It is a variation of the Greek biblical name ‘Nathanael,’ which means ‘Gift of God.’ The name is featured in the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible. Many people across history have been named Nathaniel — from surgeons to singers to army generals. Read on to find out more about this interesting name.
History of National Nathaniel Day
Nathaniel is traditionally a masculine name of English origin. It is a variation of the Greek biblical name ‘Nathanael,’ which means ‘Gift of God.’ Many important people across history have been named Nathaniel. Perhaps one of the most iconic Nathaniels in fiction is Nathaniel Fitzwilliam “Nate” Archibald from the T.V. teen drama “Gossip Girl.”
The latter was based on a book series of the same name, authored by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show first aired in 2007 and focuses on a group of upper-class, spoiled teenagers, most of whom reside on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It is narrated by an almost omniscient blogger who goes by the title ‘Gossip Girl.’ The series begins with the return of Serena van der Woodsen to the city. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Blair Waldorf, Dan Humphrey, Chuck Bass, Jenny Humphrey, Venessa Abrams, and Nate Archibald.
Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald, played by Chace Crawford, is one of the primary male characters of the show and is often fought over by van der Woodsen and Waldorf. He is the son of a successful businessman and socialite with the reputation of being an Upper East Side “golden boy.” He begins the television series dating Waldorf but it is soon revealed that he cheated on her with van der Woodsen the summer before the first season. He goes on to attend Columbia University and expresses a desire to forge a career in politics.
National Nathaniel Day timeline
Chace Crawford is born.
The first “Gossip Girl” book is published.
“Gossip Girl” premiers, featuring Chace Crawford as Nate Archibald.
The original book series ends.
National Nathaniel Day FAQs
What is the nickname for Nathaniel?
Is Nathaniel a unisex name?
Though it is traditionally masculine, all names can be unisex.
What is the female version of Nathaniel?
National Nathaniel Day Activities
Appreciate a Nate
If you have a wonderful Nate in your life, go appreciate them. They’ll surely appreciate it.
Watch Gossip girl
Give a few episodes of “Gossip Girl” a watch. It may be cringe-worthy, but it is also binge-worthy.
...Or read it
If watching a long television show isn’t your thing, give the book series a go. Take some time on a rainy afternoon to delve into the world of the Upper East Side.
5 Interesting Facts About Nate Archibald
He was almost played by Ed Westwick
Ed Westwick, who went on to play Chuck Bass, auditioned for the role of Nate.
Crawford was the oldest of the cast
Crawford was the oldest actor in the main cast and four years older than his character.
His middle name is Fitzwilliam
Reportedly, Nate has a middle name and it’s Fitzwilliam.
His zodiac sign
Nate is an Aries.
He was almost Gossip Girl
Nate was briefly considered for the role of Gossip Girl before the showrunners went for Dan instead.
Why We Love National Nathaniel Day
It’s fun to know
Names have a fascinating history. Learning about any name can be a fun history lesson!
It reminds us of what society values
Certain names are indicators of what a particular society gives importance to. Nathaniel, for example, is a name of Biblical origin.
It’s good to appreciate people
We love appreciating people we love. Any excuse to show our Nathaniels with love is in our good books!
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