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Gender: Male Meaning of Nathan: "given" Origin of Nathan: Hebrew Nathan's Popularity in 2017: #45

The name Nathan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "given". Nathan is ranked #45 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose... Name Game- BOYS".

From the experts:

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.

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, 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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Famous People Named Nathan

Nathan, Biblical prophet
Nathan of Zobah, father of one of David's mighty men (2 Samuel 23:36)
Nathan, brother of Joel, a valiant man in David's armies (1 Chr. 11:38)
Nathan, Biblical son of David and Bathsheba
Nathan, mentioned in Ezra 8:16
Nathan Hale, American revolutionary
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 Lithgow, son of American actor John Lithgow
Nathan Hawes, Australian pop singer
Nathan Cole Som, American child model
Nathan Furst, American composer; son of actor Stephen Furst
Nathan Mandrell, son of singer Barbara Mandrell
Nathan Howsmon Davis, son of singer Jonathan Davis
Kenneth Nathaniel "Nathan" Bates, 5th child (3rd son) of reality TV's "Bringing Up Bates" family
Nathan Chen, American Olympic figure skater
Nathan Anderson, son of actor/comedian Anthony Anderson
Nathan Garson (adopted 2009), son of actor Willie Garson
Nathan Fields, son of model/TV personality Janice Dickinson and Simon Fields
Nathan Carroll, son of NFL coach Pete Carroll
Nathan Powell Holroyd (b. 2011), son of actors Scott Holroyd and Allison Munn
Nathan Sileshi (b. 2015), son of runners Tirunesh Dibaba and Sileshi Sihine
Nathan Zed,
Nathan Fielder, Canadian writer and comedian
Nathan "Nate" Fuerestein, American rapper
Nathan Ake, Dutch professional footballer
Nathan Joel Foley, Australian singer and children's presenter

Pop Culture References for the name Nathan

Nathan, main character in short story "Earth Inherited" by author Justine Avery
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 Byrn, character in Sally Green's "Half Life Trilogy"
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
Nathan Young, character on TV show "Misfits"
"Nathan for You," show on Comedy Central
Nathan Riggs, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"

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. ♥