Nathan

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537k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nathan

"Nathan" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "He Gave". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Hebrew נָתָן (natán, “gave”), implying “[God] gave [me]”.

  1. An Old Testament prophet.
  2. A male given name of Biblical origin.

Nathan was also found in the following language(s): French, German, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Nathan

Nathan was born on April 16th, 1985 in Stockton, California, United States.

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Nathan Christopher Charles Summers is a comics character.

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Nathan Fillion is an actor. He was most active from 1993 to present. Nathan was born on March 27th, 1971 in Edmonton.

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Nathan Lane is an actor and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Nathan was given the name Joseph Lane on February 3rd, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.

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Nathan Jones is a wrestler. Nathan was born on August 21st, 1969 in Gold Coast, Queensland.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest is a military person. His military service ended in 1865.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nathan

S. R. Nathan is a President of Singapore. S. was born on July 3rd, 1924.

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Nathan is a soccer player for the Vitesse Arnhem, Chelsea F.C., Clube Atlético Paranaense, Brazil national under-17 football team, and Brazil national under-20 football team. Nathan was born on March 13th, 1996 in Blumenau, Brazil. Nathan is also known as Nathan.

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Tony Nathan is a football player. Tony was born on December 14th, 1956 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Joe Nathan is a baseball player for the Free agent. Joe was born on November 22nd, 1974 in Houston.

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Alison Nathan is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge of theUnited States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Alison was born in 1972.

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Jared was born on August 10th, 1985 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He left this life on December 28th, 2006.

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How popular is the baby name Nathan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 114 0 114
1881 91 0 91
1882 113 0 113
1883 93 0 93
1884 100 0 100
1885 103 0 103
1886 136 0 136
1887 106 0 106
1888 129 0 129
1889 121 0 121
1890 110 0 110
1891 106 0 106
1892 144 0 144
1893 114 0 114
1894 127 0 127
1895 119 0 119
1896 110 0 110
1897 139 0 139
1898 99 0 99
1899 112 0 112
1900 186 0 186
1901 131 0 131
1902 143 0 143
1903 146 0 146
1904 131 0 131
1905 168 0 168
1906 148 0 148
1907 176 0 176
1908 178 0 178
1909 209 0 209
1910 245 0 245
1911 348 0 348
1912 581 0 581
1913 615 0 615
1914 848 0 848
1915 922 6 916
1916 904 0 904
1917 887 6 881
1918 945 0 945
1919 849 0 849
1920 815 0 815
1921 758 7 751
1922 754 5 749
1923 739 0 739
1924 680 0 680
1925 620 5 615
1926 669 0 669
1927 643 7 636
1928 548 0 548
1929 522 9 513
1930 546 6 540
1931 449 7 442
1932 486 0 486
1933 413 0 413
1934 469 0 469
1935 468 0 468
1936 463 0 463
1937 434 0 434
1938 516 0 516
1939 475 7 468
1940 497 0 497
1941 528 0 528
1942 522 0 522
1943 587 5 582
1944 507 0 507
1945 488 0 488
1946 558 0 558
1947 617 0 617
1948 619 0 619
1949 660 0 660
1950 753 0 753
1951 871 0 871
1952 847 0 847
1953 812 0 812
1954 961 0 961
1955 954 6 948
1956 1,095 0 1,095
1957 1,234 5 1,229
1958 1,252 11 1,241
1959 1,383 9 1,374
1960 1,634 7 1,627
1961 1,498 8 1,490
1962 1,534 0 1,534
1963 1,548 5 1,543
1964 1,499 0 1,499
1965 1,428 8 1,420
1966 1,423 0 1,423
1967 1,441 7 1,434
1968 1,671 13 1,658
1969 1,923 12 1,911
1970 2,562 12 2,550
1971 3,069 18 3,051
1972 3,545 25 3,520 #79 boy name
1973 4,777 24 4,753 #62 boy name
1974 5,878 28 5,850 #52 boy name
1975 7,105 37 7,068 #45 boy name
1976 8,661 44 8,617 #39 boy name
1977 9,940 46 9,894 #36 boy name
1978 9,950 58 9,892 #36 boy name
1979 10,807 63 10,744 #37 boy name
1980 11,218 75 11,143 #36 boy name
1981 11,331 69 11,262 #36 boy name
1982 10,872 69 10,803 #36 boy name
1983 10,641 86 10,555 #40 boy name
1984 10,686 73 10,613 #38 boy name
1985 10,737 89 10,648 #40 boy name
1986 10,058 63 9,995 #43 boy name
1987 9,968 62 9,906 #45 boy name
1988 10,192 44 10,148 #44 boy name
1989 10,943 43 10,900 #43 boy name
1990 10,960 25 10,935 #44 boy name
1991 10,521 28 10,493 #42 boy name
1992 10,166 20 10,146 #44 boy name
1993 10,218 27 10,191 #41 boy name
1994 10,417 34 10,383 #40 boy name
1995 10,323 19 10,304 #39 boy name
1996 10,306 24 10,282 #37 boy name
1997 10,455 15 10,440 #34 boy name
1998 11,593 9 11,584 #34 boy name
1999 12,553 19 12,534 #32 boy name
2000 13,049 15 13,034 #30 boy name
2001 12,660 18 12,642 #31 boy name
2002 13,250 29 13,221 #28 boy name
2003 13,684 26 13,658 #26 boy name
2004 14,688 62 14,626 #20 boy name
2005 14,386 32 14,354 #20 boy name
2006 14,293 22 14,271 #23 boy name
2007 13,606 18 13,588 #24 boy name
2008 13,267 14 13,253 #21 boy name
2009 12,131 17 12,114 #25 boy name
2010 11,377 9 11,368 #27 boy name
2011 10,509 11 10,498 #28 boy name
2012 10,425 16 10,409 #29 boy name
2013 9,707 9 9,698 #31 boy name
2014 8,966 9 8,957 #38 boy name
2015 8,573 8 8,565 #38 boy name
2016 7,939 6 7,933 #43 boy name

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Popularity of Nathan as a first name

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Popularity of Nathan as a last name

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Common last names for Nathan

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  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
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  • Goldstein
  • Schwartz
  • Levine
  • Harris
  • Goldberg
  • Shapiro
  • Katz
  • Greenberg
  • Friedman
  • Thomas
  • Kaplan
  • Wilson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nathan U.S.
  White 56.87% 64.26%
  African American 27.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nathan

People with the last name Nathan are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Nathan

  • How Popular is the name Nathan? Nathan is the 118th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Nathan was the 43rd most popular name. As a last name Nathan was the 4,284th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nathan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 536,819 babies born with the first name Nathan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nathan to occupy the country of Suriname with an estimated population of 534,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nathan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 114 new born babies.
  • When was Nathan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nathan is Wednesday, January 20th, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Nathan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nathan was in 2004 with a total of 14,626 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nathan!
  • Random Nathan Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nathan ranks 75th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 123 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Nathan: Your name in reverse order is Nahtan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nhaatn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nathan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,300 people with the last name Nathan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nathan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Nathan as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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