Meaning and name origin
Nathan \n(a)-than\ as a boy's name is pronounced NAY-than. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Nathan is "God has given". Biblical: Nathan was God's prophet during the reigns of David and Solomon. American Revolutionary hero Nathan Hale; critic George Jean Nathan; actor Nathan Lane.
Nathan is a very popular first name for males (#108 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4569 out of 88799, Top 5%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nathan for boys. Nathan reached its highest rank of #20 in the U.S. in 2005. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nathan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nathan (#38), Jonathan (#44), Nathaniel (#94), Nathen, Nate, Lathan and Nat. (2014 statistics).