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This name is pronounced nah-tahn in Hebrew.
Miss Claire  12/5/2004
In Russian it is Nafan.
Catra  3/24/2005
Nathan Hale was a captain in the American Revolution. He was sent as a spy to find valuable information behind the English lines (to help George Washington), but was caught and hung at around 21 years old. His dying speech and confession was, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."
gin_rummy  6/22/2005
I love this name for a boy, it's one name I will never get sick of hearing. Hope to have a son one day and name him Nathan Grant.
mum2bubba  10/22/2005
My brother's name is Nathan and everyone calls him Nate. I really like the name, I don't see it much. I've only met one other Nathan in my entire life.
BloodyRose  1/25/2006
Nathan Lane is a bearer of this name. He is a funny actor with a classic voice. He is a real chief actor. Probably one of the best in hollywood.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2006
I love the name Nathan. It reminds of a man who is kind, gentle and rugged and handsome. It is popular but not overly so, I can't think of any that have been in my son's classrooms.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
Nathan is a great name. If I named my son this I would definitely call him Nate. You don't hear it that often.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I agree, "Nate" is such a dignified nickname and not heard too often. Yet it's still recognizable! Perfect balance.
BeauGeste  9/17/2006
I love the name Nathan, but don't like Nate. Almost everyone I know named Nathan is called Nate, and most of them are very anoying. It is way too common in my opinion, but I love Nathan.
samarie  9/24/2006
My little brother's name. I love my brother's name, even if it is annoying when people call him Nathaniel.
hanejay  9/30/2006
My younger brother's name is Nathan as well. I think it is a perfect balance of civilization yet strong masculinity. The prophet Nathan in the Old Testament was a man of great faith in God and courage to stand up to King David when he sinned. I hope and pray that my brother becomes a man of great faith and courage.
Adr90  11/11/2006
I know some more uses of Nathan:
*Nathan Exploson, the singer for the band Dethklok on the TV show Metalocalpyse.
*Nathan Arizona and his kidnapped son, Nathan Jr. from "Raising Arizona"
Hailey2006  11/26/2006
On a man (not a child, thank you) this name is the perfect blend of brains and sexy. This guy is the star football player who gets straight A's in High school. Grows up to be a Lawyer, Doctor, CEO but drives his motorcycle to work. This name is so freakin hot!
― Anonymous User  12/12/2006
The Hebrew pronunciation of the name Nathan is Nat-an, or just leave out the "h" in the name.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2006
I don't necessarily know where this came from, but in a family origin scroll, that supposedly dates back 600 years, the name Nathan means profit, or at least the Middle-Eastern/Hebrew form of Nathan. Now the English could have reformed and misshapen the word anyway they'd like, so the origin of the name could have been reformed by different cultures, as many are. Have A Nice Day. ^^)
― Anonymous User  12/12/2006
Nathan is also a Tamil name, meaning "son of God".
lillinparadise  1/26/2007
Nathan (1986) is Eminem´s brother.
Maggie_Simpson  7/9/2007
In some of Philip Roth's novels, the character of the writer Nathan Zuckerman functions as the author's alter ego.
lady murasaki  9/9/2007
Nathan McCaughey is one of the McCaughey spetuplets. No famous mommy or daddy, but he's a rare multiple.
Patricia Underwood  3/2/2008
A character in "Hereos" named Nathan who has the superpower of being able to fly.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2008
In the movie "The Patriot" one of the main character's son's names is Nathan. I don't know who plays him though.
Patricia Underwood  3/20/2008
Number 20 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
I think this is a perfect name for a boy. Not too delicate, not too rough. Nathan could be anything from an all-star athlete to a corporate millionare. Highly recommended.
Daisy Miller  7/28/2008
I happen to be named "Nathan". My name originally was "Nanthan", but that was Chinglish and I got it changed in high school after becoming a US citizen. My impression of the name, given my interests (aviation, commerce, and military matters) is that the name would do well for someone who leads a large group of people, such as airline pilots and managers and ATC and AAE (airport executives), Chief Executive Officers of multinational and transnational (and soon transplanetary) corporations, and for military commanders of Colonel rank and above. In fact, that is one of my career desires - to join the military after I graduate from college and work for promotion to General. When I do that I guess I will add more value to this name. The reason not a lot of people have the name is because having the name and knowing what it means usually results in selfless giving (such as being a soldier) and dying young. It should never be given to any objects of affection.
Nathan_Zhang  3/12/2009
I have Nathan as a middle name and hated it for years. I always questioned my parents as to why they chose it, and the answer was "as an option in case you didn't like your first name."

Now, I've never liked my first name either, especially as it's becoming very common and says very little about me. But when people hear my middle name it always draws positive comments, to the extent that I'm considering taking my parent's option and just introducing myself as Nathan, or Nate, from now on.
Samchjo  3/15/2009
Nathan Hindmarsh plays rugby league in Australia for the Parramatta Eels, one of the best tackler in the competition!
samantharae  4/3/2009
My younger brother uses Nathan as a nickname for Jonathan. I've never heard of anyone else doing this, it's a bit unusual.
Sara Drake  6/21/2009
Nathan Fillion is a wonderful actor, well known for his roles in series such as Firefly, One Life To Live, and Castle.
DestructoGirl  6/22/2009
Nathan Wallace, aka Repo Man!
dramaelf  6/26/2009
I really like this name. It sounds masculine, yet modern and it just would be cute on a little boy, but isn't a name you could grow out of. I would definitely consider naming my son Nathan, or Nathanael "Nathan".
― Anonymous User  7/7/2009
A very strong, masculine name and I think it ages well too. I recently had a son and named him Nathan and so far have only had good comments on it.
hayleyskye  8/2/2009
A famous Bearer: Nathan Kress (actor).
coolcatevan9  12/7/2009
Frank Sinatra played Nathan Detroit in the 1955 movie Guys and Dolls.
emily  2/12/2010
Wow, I love this name and have ever since I was a kid. I am so sad that it has spiked in popularity since 1980, so it won't be as unique 20 years from now. Oh well.

I don't like "Nate" as a nickname, I would just use the full Nathan. Someone mentioned Nathan as a nickname for Jonathan. That's a neat idea! I like it.
emily  2/12/2010
Photographer Goran Tačevski and fashion designer Klára Nademlýnská have a son Nathan Tačevski.
MaggieSimpson  6/17/2010
Nathan is used in modern Hebrew, too. It is pronounced "NA-tan".
Amir  7/30/2010
Nathan means "gave", not "giver" (that would be "Noten"). The implication is "God gave" (like the name "Yonathan"). [noted -ed]
Amir  7/30/2010
Nathan is the protagonist of the play "Nathan the Wise" by German writer Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, published in 1779.

The play is a fervent plea for religious tolerance, friendship and the need for communication.
penelope80  11/26/2010
Nathan is one of the main characters in British speculative fiction series 'Misfits', about a group of young offenders who gain superpowers.

There's also the eponymous Nathan in the short British comedy series, 'Nathan Barley'.

Because of these two characters I always associate the name with someone who doesn't take life seriously and is a bit of an irritating attention seeker... but in an oddly charming way.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2011
The prophet Nathan was a wise counselor to King David in the Old Testament. Ref: Chapter 12 in the Second book of Samuel.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2011
"Why it's good ol' reliable Nathan... Nathan, Nathan, Nathan Detroit!"
― Anonymous User  3/15/2011
Nathan Darmody is the guitarist of the band Allstar Weekend.
HalfBloodPrincess  6/24/2011
I have a friend named Nathan. We call him "Nate" occasionally. It's funny; he flies into a rage when someone calls him "Nathaniel."
Rin_0911  4/7/2012
I agree with Nathan. Zhang's opinion above. One of the characters that I have created for my books bears this name, and though it is a cool, handsome, intelligent and slightly dark name, he is the object of no one's affections. He is also a soldier, and dies young. I love this name, but I wouldn't name my son this because there are names I love even more.
Sabella Authoress  10/17/2012
Dr. Nathan Stark was a brilliant scientist and Head of Global Dynamics in the Syfy series Eureka. He was portrayed by actor Ed Quinn.
Fray  11/20/2012
I never really liked this name until I saw the movie Abduction. Now, I don't mind it. Funny how certain people can change your perception of a name.
Oohvintage  3/24/2013
In france, Nathans are like the new Kevins, in that it's become very very common for little boys.
luxsword  4/28/2014
Related name: Jonathan.
Sabertooth  8/16/2014
Nathan Swift (also known as Kazemaru Ichirouta) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  9/19/2014
My brother's name is Nathan, he's currently 13 and mainly gets called, "Nathan" not many people shorten it, but when they do he gets "Nath" or "Nathman" the annoying thing is that our last name is 'Smith' so there's quite a few of them around. But overall he loves it, it flows well with his middle name too, "Thomas",
― Anonymous User  10/13/2014
I don't care for this name. Nathaniel is far superior in my opinion.
Ali Hassan  3/14/2015
The name Nathan is such a cute, cute name for a guy! I 100% love this name. :D.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2015
Nathan is also an Indian name meaning from god. Indian names containing "nath" in general are a reference to god.
btnNamers  5/16/2015
The youngest of my 3 sons is Nathan, I love the name! It was my first pick, just needed my husband's ok! He agreed, he's now 13 and the name is not super popular which I like! He gets called Nate a lot which is ok with him.
Rockz  7/11/2015
Being a fan of Repo! The Genetic Opera, the character of Nathan Wallace immediately comes to mind when I hear the name Nathan. He was kind of crazed, so I wouldn't call that a good association, ha ha. Still, it's not a bad name otherwise, and most people probably won't come to this association from hearing the name.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
I am Chinese. I like the name. It sounds simple but it reminds me of a young man, handsome and gentle.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2016
Nathan is the first name of the main protagonist Nathan Drake in the video game series Uncharted.
theBotsko  12/8/2016
According to ( Nathan did not reach the top 100s for all years listed (2008-2015) in Paris, France. But Nathan (in 2014) reached 9th place from counting all the total births in the entire country of France.
lilolaf  1/28/2017
Nathan Wuornos is a character from the television series, Haven. He is portrayed by Canadian actor, Lucas Bryant.
Fictionlover94Audrey  3/12/2017
Nathan has always been a strange name to me, not sure why.
THErealSpiderMan  3/24/2017
It is a very weird name.
Nathanaele Koll, known professionally as Nathan Trent, is an Austrian singer. He will represent Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Running on Air". On 18 June 2016, Trent released his debut single "Like It Is". On 19 December 2016, Trent was announced as the Austrian representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. His song, "Running on Air", was released on 28 February 2017.
cutenose  5/12/2017
Nathan Jay "Nate" Berkus is an American interior designer, author, and television personality. He runs the Chicago interior design firm Nate Berkus Associates and has been a regularly featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, offering design advice to viewers as well as coordinating surprise make-overs for people's homes. He has released numerous lines of products and authored several books.
cutenose  5/13/2017
Nathan Chen is an American figure skater. He is the 2017 Four Continents champion, 2016–17 Grand Prix Final silver medalist, and 2017 U.S. national champion. Earlier in his career, he won bronze at the 2014 World Junior Championships and gold at the 2015–16 Junior Grand Prix Final.
lilolaf  5/18/2017
Ewwwwww barf in my mouth. Such an ugly name ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew blagh nasty. I'm never gonna name my kid this. That would be such a mistake.
alexadot101  1/22/2018
My name is Nathan. I came in here to see if people actually liked the name given to me at birth and I am pleasantly surprised! I’ve always liked my name but my mom said when I was a baby they almost called me Aidan, and I love that name but I’m okay with the one I have now. It also flows with my full name; Nathan Liam J___. Has a ring to it, I think.
Nate.da.gr8  3/15/2018
I like this name. One of my best friends is named Nathan. He's nice and very funny.
amyelizabeth96  3/17/2018
lwalker142  4/9/2018
What a beautiful name, I love it. I'm so blessed to have this as my name.
NathanYoung  4/9/2018
I find it is an extremely attractive name ;-) but reminds me of a nonce I once knew.
This is a delightful name if you're a nonce.
qwerty6911  4/9/2018
Good name, don't like Nate.
Prime Meridian  4/19/2018

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