What does Nathan mean?
Nathan [nathan] 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.
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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)
Nathan reached its peak position of #20 in the U.S. in 2005, and is presently at #38. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Nathan (#38 in 2015) rated in the Top 2000 are Jonathan (#48 in 2015), Nathaniel (#97), Lathan (#1144), Nate (#1695), Nathen (#1875), Nathon and Nat. Adoption of these forms of Nathan reached its apex 4 decades ago (median #1125) and is somewhat less today (#1112, ▼46.7%), with forms such as Nat becoming somewhat dated.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Aaran, Aitan, Akshan, Altman, Athan, Bastian, Cadan, Cadman, Cahan, Cathal, Cathan, Cavan, Dagan, Daman, Damyan, Daquan▼, Daran, Darran, Dathan, Eachan, Eagan, Etan, Ethan▲, Gahan, Galvan, Garan, Garlan, Garman, Gawan, Haggan, Hannan, Haydan, Haylan, Istvan, Jacian, Jahan, Jehan, Kadan, Kaelan, Kahan, Kavan, Kaydan, Kayvan, Khan, Lachman, Lasean, Latham, Lathen, Mathian, Naaman, Nacham, Nachman, Nachmann, Nahum, Nairn, Nalin, Naman, Nameen, Naren, Nashua, Nata, Natal, Nathanyal, Navon, Nethanel, Newman, Nishan, Nollan, Ramzan, Rayman, Sajan, Stian, Taran, Tasman and Tazman. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nathan.See names in meaning and etymology.