Girl Baby Name

Natalie

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Quick Facts on Natalie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, French, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 21
Pronunciation:
NAD-ah-lee
Simple meaning:
Christmas Day

Characteristics of Natalie

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Natalie

Natalie is the French form of the Latin Natalia meaning "Christmas Day”, from Latin “natalis” meaning “birthday”. In Church Latin, however, the term is used specifically with respect to Christ’s birthday, or “natale domini” (which Christians celebrate as Christmas day). The name was first popularized among members of the Eastern Orthodox Church (many Slavic countries), in honor of an early 4th century saint, Natalia, the wife of St. Adrian of Nicomedia (then a region of the Roman Empire, but now located in modern-day Turkey). Adrian was a high-ranking imperial guard of the Emperor Maximium at a time when Christianity was outlawed by the then-pagan Roman Empire. Given his high stature in the Empire, Adrian himself often presided over the tortures and executions of Christians. During one such event, a group of Christians were being persecuted for their faith and when asked by Adrian what reward they expected by God, the Christians quoted 1 Corinthians 2:9: “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love Him.” Apparently Adrian was so impressed by the strength of their faith, he converted on the spot. Then (and this is the best part), he imprisoned himself for breaking the law! His wife Natalia disguised herself as a boy, visited Adrian in jail and asked that he pray for her when he reached heaven. The Eastern Orthodox Church recognized Natalia as a saint in her own right (although she was not technically martyred with her husband), but the Roman Catholic Church does not. This is why Eastern Europeans were the first to adopt the name Natalie as Natalya, Natasha, Nataša, etc. Eventually the name made its way out West and Natalie/Natalia was often given to baby girls born on December 25th (i.e., Christmas Day). Today the name Natalie is most popular in North America (the U.S. and Canada).

Popularity of the Name Natalie

As a female given name in the United States, Natalie has been in circulation for over a century. The name bumped around the popularity charts at moderate levels of usage for most of the 20th century. It wasn’t until 1976 that Natalie finally achieved Top 100 status in America. Since that time, the name keeps chasing to the top of the charts and seems to be parking herself comfortably on the Top 20 list. Natalie has a sophisticated quality given its roots in Latin and French. It’s also an obvious favorite for Christmas babies.
Popularity of the Girl Name Natalie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Natalie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Natalie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Natalie

    Natalie We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Natalie.

  • Popular Songs on Natalie

    Popular Songs on Natalie

    Believe Me Natalie - a song by The Killers

    If You See Natalie - a song by Eels

    Natalie - a song by Ola Svensson

    Natalie - a song by David Crosby

    Natalie's Song - a song by Natalie Merchant

    Natalie's Song - a song by GrandBob

    Natalie's Song - a piano solo by Wayne Gratz

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Natalie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Natalie

    Anna & Natalie (Barbara H. Cole) - Anna is never picked to be on any team at school. But she is determined to be chosen when Mrs. Randall announces a letter-writing contest to decide which four students will be part of the wreath-laying team at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Virginia. This moving story of how Anna deals with her disability will touch the hearts of all readers as they cheer her on to the surprise ending. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Chet Gecko Series (Bruce Hale) - Grade school ain't for sissies. Nobody knows this better than Chet Gecko, finest lizard detective at Emerson Hicky Elementary. Along with his mockingbird sidekick, Natalie Attired, he solves many mysteries! Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Natalie & Naughtily (Vincent X. Kirsch) - Natalie and Naughtily Nopps live in a house on top of a big department store. Natalie loves visiting every floor from top to bottom! Naughtily? From bottom to top! One day the girls receive a note from their parents asking them NOT to play in the store that day! “Today we shall go to the store to help!” they agree. Evening gowns are on two, perfume and hats on three, coats on four . . . and on every floor there are customers galore. But will the girls really be any help? Vincent X. Kirsch has created a splendid world for Natalie and Naughtily, in which every vividly detailed floor in the store has its own magnificent hue. Readers will be enchanted by these two impish sisters, their very good intentions, and most of all by the hijinks and adventures they effortlessly conjure up in one very busy day! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Natalie and the One-of-a-Kind Wonderful Day! (Dandi Daley Mackall) - Natalie has big five-year-old dreams for her future. So big, that her heart gets thumpy with excitement. Nat uses her very own words to tell about her hopes, struggles, and adventures. This makes the That’s Nat! series perfect for young readers just ready for chapter books. What Makes Natalie’s Day Wonderful? Natalie wants to do something no one else has done. But everything she tries goes wrong. There’s the egg wreck and the purple wallpaper mess. Through it all, Nat discovers something truly wonderful. Other titles in the “That’s Nat” Series include: Natalie and the Downside-up Birthday Cake; Natalie Really Very Much Wants to be a Star; Natalie: School's First Day of Me; Natalie and the Bestest Friend Race; and Natalie Wants a Puppy. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Natalie

    Famous People Named Natalie

    Famous People Named Natalie - Natalie Cole (musician); Natalie Portman (actress); Natalie Gulbis (golfer); Natalie Imbruglia (musician); Natalie Merchant (musician); Natalie Wood (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Natalie

    Children of Famous People Named Natalie

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Natalie - George Foreman (boxing); Maureen McCormick (actress); Nat King Cole (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Natalie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Natalie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Natalie.

Personality of the Girl Name Natalie

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Natalie

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