Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years and is now at Number 28. 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.
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.