[ 2 syll. nat-han, na-th-an ] The baby boy name Nathan is pronounced as NEY-THahN in English †. Nathan is used predominantly in the English and Hebrew languages, and it is derived from Hebrew origins. The name is of the meaning gift. A biblical name, it is derived literally from the word 'nathan' which means to give. The name was borne in the Bible by a prophet who criticized David for planning the death of Uriah so as to marry the latter's wife. It was also borne by one of the sons of David. The name was taken up by English Puritans in the 17th century, and it saw a revival in the late 19th century.
In addition, Nathan is a contraction (English) of the name Jonathan (English, German, and Hebrew).
Nathan is also a contraction (English and Hebrew) of the name Nathaniel (English and French).
The name Nathania (English) is the female version of Nathan.
The name Nathan is widely used; it has 27 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Cathan, Kathan, Naethan, Naithan, Natanael, Nathann, Nathean, Nathen, Nathian, Nathin, Nathon, Nathun, Nathyn, Natt, Nattee, Nattey, Natthan, Natti, Nattie, Natty, Nayan, Naythan, and Nethan. The contraction Nat (also used in Hebrew), and the pet form Nate are other English variants. Nata (Spanish) and Natan (Hungarian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish) are foreign variants of Nathan.
Nathan is a very popular baby name for boys. The name's popularity has been increasing since the 1940s. At the height of its usage in 2004, 0.693% of baby boys were given the name Nathan. Its ranking then was #20. In 2012, its usage was 0.515% and its ranking #29, and it was the most popular within all boy names in its group. In 2012, Nathan was more commonly used than the next most popular name, Jonathan, by 12% .
Baby names that sound like Nathan include Naithan, Naethan, Nandan, Nanden, Nandon, Nandun, Nantan, Nanten, Nanton, Nantun, Nathian, Natin, Natthan, Naughten, Naughton, Naughtun, Nauton, Naythan, Nethan, and Neuton.
† Pronunciation for Nathan: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; TH as in "theme (TH.IY.M)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
A famous person named Nathan is Nathan Hale, Soldier, born 6 June 1755 - 22 September 1776, Coventry, Connecticut.