The name Nathanael (Greek: Ναθαναήλ) is derived from the Hebrew: נְתַנְאֵל - Nĕthane'l "given of God" from נָתַן - nathan and אֵל - 'el "god, god-like one, mighty one," which is shortened from אַיִל - 'ayil "ram, ram (as food), ram (as sacrifice), ram (skin dyed red, for tabernacle)). Based on this meaning, many have assumed it was not a given name, but a family name.
Bartholomew (Nathanael) was born in Cana of Galilee (John 21:2).
45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" Philip said to him, "Come and see." John 1:45-46
He was listed as one of Christ's twelve disciples (Matthew 10:2-4; Acts 1:13).