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  • IPA(key): /ˈneɪθən/
  • Hyphenation: Na‧than

Proper noun[edit]

Nathan (plural Nathans)

  1. An Old Testament prophet.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, 2 Samuel 12:5–7:
      And Dauids anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, As the Lord liueth, the man that hath done this thing, shall surely die. And he shall restore the Lambe fourefold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pittie. And Nathan said to Dauid, Thou art the man: []
  2. A male given name from Hebrew, of Biblical origin.
    • 1972 Nate Perlmutter, A Bias of Reflections: Confessions of an Incipient Old Jew, Arlington House, →ISBN, page 27:
      I used to envy my brother his name, and recall once accusing my mother of having favored him, else why did she name me Nathan and him Philip, tell me that, ma, tell me that. He had king Philip and if day-dreaming that association wasn't pleasure enough, there was the then movie star, Phillips Holmes. All I had was Nathan Hale. Admittedly, Nathan Hale would have been fine — except among our schoolyard ditties was the couplet: Nathan Hale, / Nathan Hale, / He shit in a pail, / Shit in a pail. Being a Nathan was sometimes trying.
    • 2007 Rose Lamatt, Lifeline Online, →ISBN, page 128:
      He was so proud he'd had a son. He talked me into naming him Nathan saying he had always loved that name. I was surprised to see when I looked it up in a name book it meant gift from God. And yes that was a very appropriate name.
  3. An English patronymic surname​.
  4. An Ashkenazi patronymic surname, a variant of Natan.
  5. A suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; named for Matthew Nathan, 13th Governor of Queensland.

Usage notes[edit]

  • A popular given name in English-speaking countries from the 1980s.

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Derived terms[edit]

  • (given name diminutives): Nate, Nat

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From English Nathan, from Hebrew נָתָן(natán, gave). Also short for English Jonathan.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (biblical) Nathan
  2. a male given name from Hebrew



  • IPA(key): /na.tɑ̃/
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Proper noun[edit]

Nathan ?

  1. Nathan (biblical prophet).
  2. A male given name, currently popular.



Proper noun[edit]

Nathan m (genitive Nathans)

  1. Nathan (biblical prophet)
  2. A male given name


Proper noun[edit]

Nathan m

  1. A male given name, variant of Natã