Gender: Male Meaning of Nathan: "given" Origin of Nathan: Hebrew Nathan's Popularity in 2019: #55

Nathan Origin and Meaning

The name Nathan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "given".

Nathan was derived from the name Natan, which came from Hebrew verb natan, meaning “gave.” In the Old Testament, Nathan was the name of a prophet and also that of one of King David's sons. Nathaniel and Jonathan are related names.

Nathan is an Old Testament name that's been steadily on the upswing for forty years. 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.

Nathan is mega popular in Europe right now, especially in France and 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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Rank in US: #55

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Famous People Named Nathan

Pop Culture References for the name Nathan

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

Nathan's International Variations

Natanael (Swedish) Natan (Russian)


Francoamericano Says:


I fell in love with this name on One Tree Hill- not sure if I love nathan or nathaniel more

Bellaboo2 Says:


I love Nathan and Nate. Strong, stylish name.

Lulu82 Says:


My brother’s name is Nathan and he responds to Nath, Nate and Nat so I guess if you don’t want to use Nate you can either use another nickname or insist on Nathan, which is easy to do my friends son is Thomas and he always goes by the full name.

ItIsThyme Says:


If it’s hekpful, I’ve known a ton of Nathans in my life and never once heard any of them called Nate :)

Miriam2468 Says:


I really like this name! But I don't like the nickname Nate, so I guess I'd have to somehow avoid that.

KaiLun Says:


"It's a name familiar to every schoolchild through Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary War spy. "

I don't recall his name nor learning about him in my history classes. Perhaps I have forgotten. Let me ask my brother if he remembers

Alaina Says:


I love Nathan for a little boy's name! so cute!

sunshinexoxo Says:


I think of Nathan's world famous hotdogs and the hotdog eating contest when I see this name... Now I'm hungry for a hotdog...

paulapuddephatt Says:


Really like this name

kertheshe Says:


Naming my next son this, 'cause Uncharted. And I'm a woman. Go Nate!

Lena_Aline Says:


I love Nathan, Nathaniel, Nat and Natty. However, I do not like Nate.

jasminegarden Says:


I love this name with the nickname Nate, so handsome.

Leah3456 Says:


I have started to really like this name.

PoppyOrangey Says:


My little guys name is Nathan. I made it a point to chose a name for him that I loved, but also loved the nickname. Nate is extremely adorable too! I never really cared for the name Nathaniel though. Maybe because I don't like the sound of Daniel, Gabriel, etc. I think they sound somewhat feminine.

Renee5322 Says:


Always loved both this name and Nathaniel. I can't decide which one I like better! The nicknames Nat and Nate are both great.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Nathan has been on my mind a lot lately. When I was mcuh younger, (about 6 or 7), I picked it out for my youngest sibling. Unfortunately, he/she was miscarried, but I will always remember this. ♥