Who Am I?

My legal name is Nathaniel, but I go by many names: Nat, Nate, Nathan, perhaps maybe even Niel? However, my preferred nickname of choice is actually Natty. I mean, I’m cool with whatever as long as it’s not derogatory and I know that I am personally being addressed.

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So why Natty, you may ask? What makes this particular nickname stand out amongst all the other possible ways someone can make a nickname of my given name? Let us consult a dictionary!

  • Dictionary.com states that ‘natty’ is an adjective that means to be “neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce”

However, throughout time, I’ve had people (actually, just dudes) reference a Natural Light beer when I’ve introduced myself as Natty. Here’s the Urban dictionary definition I’ve found that best explains the use of natty in slang culture:

  • slang abbreviation for “natural“. Usually used to refer to Natural Light beer. Also used in the health & fitness community to refer to bodybuilders who do not utilize performance-enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids.

         1) Yo, someone toss me a natty from the fridge.

        2) I don’t care how big you can get on roids…I’d rather be natty and 190 lbs., than 250 lbs. and juicing.

So, naturally (haha!), I adopted ‘Natty’ as my nickname of choice. It just connotes everything that I want to embody – someone who is neatly dressed in appearance and someone who’s “natural” and genuine (also, hopefully, when I do take health and fitness more seriously, I’d be “natty” too).