What does natal mean?

Definitions for natal
ˈneɪt lna·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Natal, KwaZulu-Natalnoun

    a region of eastern South Africa on the Indian Ocean

    "Natal was renamed KwaZulu-Natal in 1994"

  2. Nataladjective

    a port city in northeastern Brazil

  3. nataladjective

    relating to or accompanying birth

    "natal injuries"; "natal day"; "natal influences"

  4. nataladjective

    of or relating to the buttocks


  1. Natalnoun

    A seaport and the state capital of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil.

  2. Natalnoun

    A former British colony and province of South Africa. It is now called KwaZulu-Natal province.

  3. Etymology: From natis, plural nates

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nataladjective

    Native; relating to nativity.

    Etymology: natal, Fr. natalis, Latin.

    Since the time of Henry III. princes children took names from their natal places, as Edward of Carnarvon, Thomas of Brotherton. William Camden.

    Propitious star! whose sacred pow’r
    Presided o’er the monarch’s natal hour,
    Thy radiant voyages for ever run. Matthew Prior.


  1. natal

    Natal typically refers to something relating to the time or place of someone's birth or the circumstances surrounding their birth. It is often used in context of astrology, where one's "natal chart" maps the positions of the planets and stars at their exact time and location of birth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nataladjective

    of or pertaining to one's birth; accompying or dating from one's birth; native

  2. Nataladjective

    presiding over nativity; as, natal Jove


  1. Natal

    Natal is the capital and largest city of Rio Grande do Norte, a northeastern state in Brazil. As of the IBGE July 2009, the city had a total population of 806,203. Natal is considered by IPEA, the safest capital city in the country. The implementation of the Via Costeira, 10 km long avenue along the shore and the dunes, was the true starting point for the beginning of tourist activity in the State in the 1980s. That is where the main hotels of the capital city, Natal, are concentrated. Natal has several tourist attractions and is famous for its natural beauty, for its historical monuments and buildings, for its beaches and also for its off-season carnival, the Carnatal. The city also boasts the second largest urban park in Brazil, the Parque das Dunas. It is the capital of Brazil closest to Africa and Europe, and the Augusto Severo International Airport connects Natal with many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights. The city is one of the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, for which Brazil is the host nation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Natal

    nā′tal, adj. pertaining to the nates or buttocks.—n.pl. Nā′tes, the buttocks.—adj. Nat′iform. [L. natis, the rump.]

  2. Natal

    nā′tal, adj. pertaining to birth: native: presiding over birthdays.—adj. Natali′tial, pertaining to a birthday.—n. Natal′ity, birth-rate. [Fr.,—L. natalisnasci, natus, to be born.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Natal

    British colony in SE. Africa, somewhat larger than Denmark, fronts the Indian Ocean on the E., having a foreshore of 180 m., between Zululand on the N. and Kaffraria on the S.; the Dragensberg Mountains form its western boundary; enjoys a fine salubrious climate, and possesses abundance of fertile land, watered by some 140 inches of rainfall; along the coast the sugar-cane is largely cultivated, as also some tea, coffee, tobacco, &c., while all kinds of fruits flourish in its sub-tropical climate; the rising ground inland produces good cereals, and large numbers of sheep and cattle find excellent pasturage on the plains and mountain slopes on the W.; excellent coal is mined in large quantities, and iron and copper promise well; wool, sugar, hides, feathers, and ivory are the chief exports, and are shipped mainly at Durban, the chief port; the colony now enjoys the advantages of good railways, schools, representative government, and a legal code based on old Dutch law; Pietermaritzburg (q. v.) is the capital; Natal was discovered in 1497 by Vasco da Gama, and after being annexed to Cape Colony in 1844, was declared, 11 years later, a separate colony.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Natal

    So called because the Portuguese navigator Vasco di Gama landed upon its shores on Christmas Day, or the Feast of the Nativity, 1498.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NATAL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Natal is ranked #10095 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Natal surname appeared 3,190 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Natal.

    73.4% or 2,342 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    15.6% or 498 total occurrences were White.
    7% or 226 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.3% or 75 total occurrences were Black.
    1% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of natal in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of natal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of natal in a Sentence

  1. Da Silva:

    On Monday, the water was just crazy. And yesterday morning I got here, everything was fine, my garage was still here, the other part of the house was still here, and it just couldn't stop raining, and then an hour and a half later, everything poof( vanished) because the rain just hasn't stopped. Johan Fourie said Da Silva fled Da Silva home in Amanzimtoti, Kwazulu-Natal, just before part of it collapsed.

  2. Deirdre Daly:

    Hector Natal set fire to his neighbors' home knowing that two large families, which included older women and young children, were inside.

  3. Kabelo Ledwaba:

    The necessary arrangements are under way for the collection of the part, which will then be handed over to Malaysian authorities, as was the case last week with the debris that was in the possession of the Lotter family from KwaZulu-Natal, the MH370 Safety Investigation Team will carry out the examination and analysis on the two pieces of debris with the assistance of experts from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Department of Civil Aviation Malaysia (DCA), Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and Boeing to verify their origins.

  4. Phoebe Awino:

    Roselinda advised me to go to hospital when I went to see her when I had abdominal pains. It was during my pre-natal clinics that I was tested and found to be HIV positive.

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