Natalie Name Meaning

With a meaning as joyous as “Christmas Day,” it’s no wonder that parents love Natalie. A French variant of the Russian Natalia, Natalie has been a constant fixture on the U.S Top 1000 charts.

She’s a sweet spot name, never reaching heights of overuse but always maintaining her popularity like Anna or Claire. She’s never out of fashion or dated, her beauty effortlessly working its magic throughout the years. In today’s world, she’s keeping up with current naming trends thanks to her -ie ending as seen in Mackenzie, Sadie, and Lillie.

Natalie’s Christmas meaning is perfect for a winter baby, less obvious than Holly or Noel but just as lovely. She can also be a subtle religious nod, as Christmas Day is the birthday of Christ in Christianity. She brings to mind the feeling of home and warmth, thanks in part to her meaning.

While she ages well, Natalie is a darling name on a little girl. Dainty and sweet, a little Natalie is happiest with tea and crumpets for two. She’s also quite the little actress, as seen on red carpets in modern Hollywood.

She has her fair share of cute nicknames including Nat, Natty, and Tally. She also offers an alternate spelling in Natalee. Similar names include Natasha and Nathalie.

Infographic of Natalie name meaning, which is A French variant of Natalia, a Latin name derived from the term natale domini meaning Christmas Day
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Natalie Name Popularity

How popular is the name Natalie? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Natalie was the 39th most popular girls name, representing 0.3709% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Natalie has been the 98th most popular girls name, representing 0.2331% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 341 89 0.0253%
1911 286 144 0.0387%
1912 324 159 0.0315%
1913 303 200 0.0353%
1914 266 341 0.0489%
1915 286 370 0.0407%
1916 291 380 0.0393%
1917 284 428 0.0428%
1918 300 413 0.0385%
1919 282 465 0.0444%
1920 282 493 0.0443%
1921 251 678 0.0592%
1922 254 635 0.057%
1923 248 645 0.0576%
1924 250 661 0.0569%
1925 250 670 0.0593%
1926 263 606 0.0551%
1927 260 616 0.0556%
1928 242 628 0.0587%
1929 255 576 0.0556%
1930 251 574 0.055%
1931 248 554 0.0561%
1932 262 532 0.0538%
1933 275 462 0.0496%
1934 269 478 0.0494%
1935 286 415 0.0427%
1936 295 377 0.0391%
1937 314 345 0.035%
1938 318 343 0.0335%
1939 311 353 0.0347%
1940 326 330 0.031%
1941 356 304 0.027%
1942 328 405 0.0321%
1943 326 416 0.0319%
1944 361 330 0.0266%
1945 376 305 0.025%
1946 394 328 0.0222%
1947 383 388 0.0232%
1948 388 382 0.0239%
1949 399 353 0.0219%
1950 416 329 0.0204%
1951 406 366 0.0216%
1952 435 342 0.0196%
1953 446 326 0.0184%
1954 436 359 0.0196%
1955 458 341 0.0185%
1956 354 571 0.0302%
1957 267 1,025 0.0533%
1958 237 1,258 0.0666%
1959 247 1,208 0.0636%
1960 213 1,536 0.0811%
1961 210 1,617 0.0856%
1962 191 1,944 0.1059%
1963 190 1,980 0.1103%
1964 177 2,121 0.1205%
1965 180 1,932 0.1181%
1966 150 2,298 0.1472%
1967 162 2,006 0.1322%
1968 171 1,877 0.125%
1969 153 2,139 0.1388%
1970 141 2,367 0.1487%
1971 154 2,078 0.1383%
1972 143 2,017 0.1481%
1973 140 2,044 0.1577%
1974 120 2,452 0.1887%
1975 110 2,629 0.2046%
1976 80 3,497 0.2713%
1977 69 4,040 0.2997%
1978 66 4,159 0.3093%
1979 68 4,443 0.3151%
1980 65 4,635 0.317%
1981 59 4,857 0.3304%
1982 51 5,963 0.399%
1983 52 5,725 0.388%
1984 55 5,559 0.3737%
1985 58 5,533 0.3645%
1986 52 5,704 0.3779%
1987 56 5,327 0.3491%
1988 63 5,477 0.3515%
1989 62 5,630 0.3489%
1990 63 5,631 0.3397%
1991 64 5,550 0.3405%
1992 61 5,580 0.3496%
1993 62 5,482 0.3516%
1994 56 5,837 0.3803%
1995 51 6,424 0.4262%
1996 46 6,692 0.4469%
1997 48 6,539 0.4421%
1998 40 7,544 0.504%
1999 34 8,080 0.5396%
2000 34 8,094 0.5298%
2001 32 8,048 0.5341%
2002 30 8,350 0.5572%
2003 23 9,149 0.6014%
2004 19 9,687 0.6356%
2005 18 10,733 0.702%
2006 17 10,946 0.6991%
2007 17 10,437 0.6615%
2008 13 10,199 0.6599%
2009 16 9,406 0.6293%
2010 14 8,776 0.609%
2011 14 8,637 0.6062%
2012 17 7,892 0.5538%
2013 21 7,472 0.5248%
2014 23 7,098 0.4872%
2015 27 6,497 0.4465%
2016 31 6,160 0.4273%
2017 36 5,516 0.3952%
2018 39 5,095 0.3709%

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Names Like Natalie

If you like Natalie, you’ll love these other names like Natalie.


What names are diminutives of Natalie?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Natalie sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Natalie, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Nat

Birthday

Latin

Nata

Swimmer

Latin

Nattie

Birthday

Latin

Nettie

A diminutive form of Natalie.

English

Netty

He (God) has favored me

Latin

Talia

Heaven's dew

Hebrew

#326 (0.0675%)  
Talya

Birthday; heaven's dew; lamb

Latin

#2,093 (0.0019%)  
Tasha

Born on Christmas

Russian

Tashie

Birthday

Latin


What names are variants of Natalie?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Natalie.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Nastassja

Resurrection; birthday

Latin

Natala

Birthday

Latin

Natale

Birthday

Latin

Natalea

Birthday

Latin

Nataleah

Birthday

Latin

Natalee

Birthday

Latin

#1,100 (0.01%)  
Nataleen

Birthday

Latin

Nataleigh

Birthday

Latin

#3,423 (0.0004%)  
Natalene

Birthday

Latin

Natali

Birthday

Latin

#2,705 (0.0008%)  
Natalia

Christmas Day

Latin

#112 (0.1891%)  
Natalina

Birthday

Latin

Nataline

Birthday

Latin

Nataliya

Birthday

Latin

Natalja

Birthday

Latin

Natalka

Birthday

Latin

Natalle

Birthday

Latin

Natallia

Birthday

Latin

Natallie

Birthday

Latin

Nataly

Birthday

Latin

#867 (0.017%)  
Natalya

Birthday

Latin

#1,297 (0.007%)  
Natasha

Birthday

Latin

#778 (0.0201%)  
Natelie

Birthday

Latin

Nately

Birthday

Latin

Nathalee

Birthday

Latin

Nathalia

Birthday

Latin

#914 (0.0154%)  
Nathalie

Birthday

Latin

#751 (0.0209%)  
Nathaliely

Birthday

Latin

Nathalija

Birthday

Latin

Nathaly

Birthday

Latin

#942 (0.0143%)  
Natilee

Birthday

Latin

Natilie

Birthday

Latin

Natividad

Christmas

French

Natka

Hope; birthday

Russian

Nattilie

Birthday

Latin


What names sound like Natalie?

If you like how Natalie sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Natalie.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Natasha

Birthday

Latin

#778 (0.0201%)  

What names are similar to Natalie?

Find a name that’s like Natalie, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Coralie

A variant form of Coral.

English

#1,751 (0.0033%)  
Emily

To excel

Latin

#12 (0.63%)  
Faith

Devotion

English

#120 (0.1771%)  
Grace

Gracious one

English

#24 (0.4894%)  
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Holly

The holly tree

English

#482 (0.0419%)  
Joy

Happiness

Latin

#344 (0.062%)  
Lucy

Of the light

English

#51 (0.3169%)  
Nora

Honorable one

Latin

#30 (0.4221%)  
Sarah

Princess

Hebrew

#67 (0.2709%)  

Lists With Natalie

Find inspiration in these baby girl name lists featuring the name Natalie.


Siblings of Natalie

Mamas with kids named Natalie also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

#54 (0.301%)  
Sawyer

Wood Cutter

English

#99 (0.2808%)  
Madison

Son of Maud

English

#22 (0.5121%)  
Brayden

Son of Bradan

Irish

#84 (0.319%)  
Brantley

Fire

English

#193 (0.151%)  
Easton

East town

English

#66 (0.3944%)  

11 Comments

  1. Natalie is named after my great great grandmother.

  2. I chose the name Natalie because I wanted something that sounded girly and classic, but wasn’t super popular!

  3. I love this app

  4. Grandfathers name was Nathan

  5. You don’t hear the name often, it’s very unique for this day and age.

  6. Natalie is christ’s birthday

  7. We found the name Natalie on a Pinterest list of pretty girl names. We wanted it to be a feminine name, not too popular or old fashioned.

  8. It was an uncommon name (at the time) with a sweet sound.

  9. It was one of three girls names that my husband and I both agreed on before she was born. After she was born, it was clear that she was not a Claire or Julia… she was Natalie. ?

  10. My husband and I both love the name, Natalie – me because it comes from the word Nativity (one of my favorite bible stories) and my husband because his favorite actress was Natalie Wood. Because my family is Italian, I often call to her in an Italian accent, “Natalia“. We love that it’s a classic name, but it’s also not very common. The one thing we don’t like about it is when people shorten it and call her Nat. (She told her preschool teacher years ago, “My name is Natalie, I’m not a gnat.”) If I could go back to before she was born and choose a different name, I wouldn’t – it’s still my favorite and definitely suits her!

    • I have always loved my name. My dad too was a fan of Miss Wood. My mom was from England and only pronounced it na-TAH-lee. Since she has passed, that’s the only way I wish I could hear it. ? There is no D in my name. ?


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