Where does the name Natalia come from? I ask this because many many Jewish girls, even religious ones, use this as a name. I always thought that it is a feminine version of Naftali, is that true? Or is it a name that comes from the wicked queen Ataliah? Or is it just a non Jewish name/an influence from non jews? Many Russians use this name to, but we all know people all over the world (non jews) use Jewish/biblical names a lot.

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Wikipedia writes:

Natalia is a female given name with the original Late Latin meaning of "Christmas Day" (cf. Latin natale domini). It is currently used in this form in Italian, Romanian,Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish.[1] Other forms and spellings include Natalie/Nathalie (French, English and German), Natálie (Czech), Natália/Nathália (Portuguese, Slovak and Hungarian), Natalya (Russian), Nataliya or Nataliia (Ukrainian), Natalija (Croatian, Latvian, Serbian, Slovene and Macedonian)[2]and Natàlia (Catalan).

From this article, it seems that the name has distinctly not got Jewish roots.

  • IIRC, Natal as a root refers to birth, here specifically the birth of Jesus. Maybe Nittelya would be a better name.
    – rosends
    Jul 21, 2016 at 10:50
  • @Danno - you mean as in "nittel-nacht"? Jul 21, 2016 at 12:54
  • Yes -- some connect the NTL of notein ta'am lifgam with the NTL of the birth. (sorry I didn't tag you but sometimes when I try to, it doesn't work)
    – rosends
    Jul 21, 2016 at 13:45
  • I like the name, but after reading this I'm not sure if I would like to name my daughter that...
    – ezra
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:30
  • There is a website I looked at (not a Jewish one) that says Natalia means "Given by G-d." I assume they draw that from the Hebrew word נתן? They mention Nathan the Prophet in the thing so maybe....?
    – ezra
    Jul 21, 2016 at 16:32

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