What does Nathan mean?
Nathan /nath-an/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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.
How popular is Nathan?
Nathan is a very prominent first name for men (#108 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#4444 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Nathan for boys. Nathan reached its peak position of #20 in the U.S. in 2005, and is presently at #38. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Nathan and corresponding names. Prominent related forms of Nathan (#38 in 2014) rated in the Top 1000 are Jonathan (#44 in 2014), Nathaniel (#94), Nathen, Nate, Lathan and Nat. Usage of these boy names reached its apex in the year 2004 (usage of 0.4451%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.4034%, ▼9.4%), with the forms Nathen and Nat becoming less trendy. Nathan (#38) and Jonathan (#44) are two of the more fashionable birth names here, and there is a rekindling in baby name usage for Jonathan and Nathan. (2014 Birth Statistics)