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Gender: M Meaning of Nathan: "given" Origin of Nathan: Hebrew Nathan's Popularity in 2014: #38

Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years and is now at Number 38. Strong, solid, and attractive, Nathan was chosen for his son by Jon Stewart. It's a name familiar to every schoolchild through Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War spy.

In the Old Testament, Nathan was the name of a prophet and also that of one of King David's sons. It is mega popular in Europe right now, the Number 1 name in France and Number Three in Belgium.

Nat and Nate (as featured on TV shows like Six Feet Under and Gossip Girl) are just the kind of friendly, old-fashioned nicknames that are now very much in style.

Nathans have starred in some classic films--it was the name of the character played by Kevin Kline in Sophie's Choice, by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, and Frank Sinatra was Nathan Detroit in the film version of Guys and Dolls. Nathan Zuckerman is the protagonist of several novels by Philip Roth.

In the public eye right now is Nathan Fillion, who portrays TV's Castle.

Famous People Named Nathan

Nathan James Sykes, Singer
Nathan, Biblical prophet
Nathan, Biblical son of David and Bathsheba
Nathan Hale, American patriot for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
Nathan Karl Kress, American actor
Joseph "Nathan" Lane, American actor
Nathan Page, Australian actor
Nathan James Sykes, English singer of band The Wanted
Nathan Ghar-jun Adrian, American Olympic swimmer
Nathan Russell Horton, Canadian NHL Hockey player
Nathan Christopher Fillion, Canadian actor
(Ivan) Nathan Followill, American musician of band Kings of Leon
Nathan William Hindmarsh, Australian Rugby League Player
Nathan Charles Buckley, Australian rules footballer
Nathan Darmody, American musician of band Allstar Weekend
Nathan Abraham Lauren Fagan-Gayle aka Starboy Nathan, English R&B singer
Nathan Jonas "Joey" Jordison, American drummer of band Slipknot
Lars Olof Jonathan "Nathan" Söderblom, Swedish bishop; winner of the Nobel Peace Prize
Nathan Howsmon Davis, son of Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis
Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" Bates, 5th child of reality TV's Bates family
Nathan Lithgow, son of American actor John Lithgow
Nathan Hawes, Australian Singer

Pop Culture References for the name Nathan

Nathan Detroit, main character in musical "Guys & Dolls"
Nathan Zuckerman, character in novels by Philip Roth
Nathan, unseen conqueror in webcomic "The Silver Eye" by Laura Hollingsworth
Nathan Ford, character on TV's "Leverage"
Nathan Royal Scott, main character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
Nathan Petrelli, character on TV's "Heroes"
Nathan McHugh, character on TV's "Flight 29 Down"
Nathan Rhodes, character in movie "Bridesmaids"
Nathan Goldfrappe, character in movie "The Invention of Lying"
Nathan Clay, character on TV's "Alphas"
Nathan Drake, main character in the Uncharted video game series
Nathan Wournos, character on TV's "Haven"
Nathan Dawkins, character in video game "Beyond: Two Souls"
Prince Nathan, Val's son in comic strip Prince Valiant
"Nathan the Wise," 1779 play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Nathan Algren, main character in film "The Last Samurai"
Captain Nathan Bridger, character on TV's "Seaquest DSV"
Nathan Copeland, character in video game No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle"
Nathan Explosion, character in animated series "Metalocalypse"
Nathan Grantham, character in movie "Creepshow"
Nathan Graves, main character in video game series "Castlevania: Circle of the Moon"
Nathan Hale, main character in video game "Resistance"
Nathan Horton, minor character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Nathan Landau, character in "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron
"Nathan Never," Italian comic book series
Nathan Sims, character in Australian mockumentary "We Can Be Heroes"
Nathan Stark, character on TV's "Eureka"
Nathan Summers, character in X-Men comics

Nathian, Naythan, Nat, Nathann, Nate, Nathon, Naethan, Nathean, Natthan, Nathin, Nathen, Nethan, Nathyn

Nathan's International Variations

Natanael (Swedish) Natan (Russian)