Meaning and Origin of Nathan - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Nathan

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : God's gift
  • Hebrew : Gift of God

Last name origin & meaning:

  • Jewish, English, and German : from the Biblical Hebrew personal name Natan ‘given’ (i.e. by God). Sometimes this is also a Jewish short form of Jonathan or Nathaniel. The personal name was comparatively rare among non-Jews in the Middle Ages (although always common among Jews); as a modern surname it is most frequently Jewish.

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