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meaning:Light, Joyous, Sunshine
origin: African


Origin: Hebrew

Meaning: He Gave

A stand-up, solid biblical prophet, Nathan’s now also a stand-up, solid boys’ name. It’s ranked within the top few hundred names for more than a century, but made its biggest leap from the ’60s to the ’70s, when it went from a ranking of 176 to 49. Nathan has continued its quick climb ever since, and it’s no wonder -- the name has a nice meaning (“giver”), and a strong but sensitive sound.

Current U.S. popularity rank: 2010: 21

Famous nathan

  • Nathan - prophet
  • Nathan Fillion - actor
  • Nathan Followill - drummer
  • Nathan Lane - actor
  • Nathan Adrian - US Olympic gold medalist

Infamous nathan

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest - first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan

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