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What does Nathan mean?

Nathan Pronunciation of 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. Also form of Nathaniel.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, prophet, reigns (king), hero


VARIANTS Nat, Natan, Nate, Nathen, Nathon

SEE ALSO Jonathan, Lathan

FEMININE FORMS Natana, Nathania



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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 #48. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathan name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Nathan (#48 IN 2018) rated in the Top 2000 are Jonathan (#63), Nathaniel (#116), Lathan (#1372), Nate (#1734), Nat, Nathen and Nathon. Adoption of these forms of Nathan reached its apex 4 decades ago (MEDIAN #1125) and has become significantly diminished since (#1166, 56.2%), with forms such as Nathen becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathan, Jonathan, Lathan, Nat, Nate in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nathaniel, Nathen, Nathon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding 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.

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