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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 has 5 variant forms: Nat, Natan, Nate, Nathen and Nathon.

For more information, see also related boy names Jonathan, Lathan and Nathaniel.

There are 2 feminine forms of Nathan: Natana and Nathania.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nathan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nathan outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jonathan, Lathan, Nat, Nathan, Nathaniel, Nathen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jonathan, Nate, Nathan, Nathaniel outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Cathan and Dathan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nathan.