Meaning and Origin of: Nathan

Nathan is of Hebrew origin and means "gift of God." Derived from the name Natan.
Meaning and Origin of Nathan

Boy name origins & meanings

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

What does Nathan mean and stand for?

The name Nathan is of Hebrew origin and means "gift of God." Derived from the name Natan, Nathan was the name of a prophet in the Old Testament.

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, Nathan has been consistently popular, falling slightly after remaining in the top 50 from 2000 to 2018. It still remains in the top 100, though.

However, it is the 35th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in January 2019.

Nathan was a prophet and King David's son in the Old Testament. It has been on the rise for the last forty years and gained even more popularity after it was chosen for Jon Stewart's son. It is also popular in television, appearing in Six Feet Under, Gossip Girl, Sophie's Choice, A Few Good Men, and Guys and Dolls.

Where is it Popular?

Nathan was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Nathan

  • Nat
  • Nate
  • Nates
  • Than

Pairs well with these middle names