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Gender: M Meaning of Nathan: "given" Origin of Nathan: Hebrew Nathan's Popularity in 2013: #31

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Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years and is now at Number 31. 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.

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Famous People Named Nathan

Nathan Hale, American patriot
Nathan Lane, American actor
Nathan Sykes, member of The Wanted
Nathan Kress, American actor
Nathan Adrian, American swimmer
Nathan Horton, Canadian NHL Hockey player
Nathan Fillion, Canadian actor
(Ivan) Nathan Followill, musician from band "Kings of Leon"
Nathan William Hindmarsh, Australian Rugby League Player
Nathan Darmody, American musician
Nathan Howsmon Davis, son of Korn's lead singer Jonathan Davis
Nathan Söderblom, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Pop Culture References for the Name Nathan

Nathan Detroit, hero of "Guys & Dolls"
Nathan Zuckerman, Philip Roth protagonist
Nathan Ford, character on "Leverage"
Nathan Scott, main character in "One Tree Hill"
Nathan Petrelli, character on the TV show "Heroes"
Nathan McHugh, from TV series "Flight 29 Down"
Nathan Rhodes, from the movie "Bridesmaids"
Nathan Goldfrappe, from the movie "The Invention of Lying"
Nathan Clay, character from TV series "Alphas"
Nathan Drake, protagonist from the "Uncharted" video game series

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Nathan's International Variations

Natan (Russian) Natanael (Swedish)