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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Nathan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Nathan:

  • Records indicate that 498,338 boys in the United States have been named Nathan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2004, when 14,582 people in the U.S. were given the name Nathan. Those people are now 16 years old.

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      59 Positive Comments

  • "My son's name and middle names are Nathan Jack Edwards (not posting surname obviously) it was the first boy's name we liked when we found out we were having a boy" Jun. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know this really cute, hot guy whose name is Nathan. I think it's an amazing name and i'm kind of in love with him." Sep. 20, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's the name I was given by my parents. It means "gift of God". I've been called Nate and Nate-dog, and I don't mind. I always introduce myself as Nathan, never as Nate but it happens and I just accept it. Part of being cool, I guess..." Nov. 20, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brother's name is Nathan. I think it's a nice name, though kind of common, it's not TOO common. I wouldn't name my kid Nathan because I like less common names but some people like to stay traditional so Nathan is a nice name." Sep. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oh, how I love this name. Probably because I adore my little brother Nathan (b. 1973). Everyone else does, too. In fact, I've never met a Nathan that I didn't like. And I love the way little kids who can't make the th sound pernounce it "Nay-phen."" Apr. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is my husband and brothers name. We call my husband Nathan and we have always called by brother Nate or "booboo's" lol. It is a great name and they are both cute and nice guys!!!" Jan. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Nathan, but I can't stand "Nate" and I just know if we name our son Nathan, it'll become Nate eventually. So we've chosen Nathan for our son's middle name. He'll be Liam Nathan. That way it's still incorporated without the shortened nick-name!" Nov. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Almost all my friends have spelled my name wrong. But you get used to it." Oct. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby son, born on 17th July is names Nathan. I'm a UK national living near London, and Nathan is really popular as a name here. Nice to have such firm Christian roots too :)" Aug. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two week old son is named Nathan James. I love the name Nathan, its one of those names that ages well and is very strong and handsome. So far everyone has given us compliments on it." Aug. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is one of my favourite boy names. I am currently pregnant with a boy and due in 4 weeks, we have decided to name him Nathan Daniel." Jul. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it my lil bro's name is nathan but i call him nate and bear just causenothin 2 do with his name just cause i love ya nate,sissy" Apr. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im thinking of calling baby nathan but not sure on a middle name. Nathan scott maybe?? my sur name is bryan" Apr. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Love the name!! My sons name is Nathan Anthony. I choose the name because I have only met nice and friendly Nathan's...GREAT NAME" Mar. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it, my boyfriends name is Nathan, he is funny cute and attractive lol! How do i come up with a better name if we have a baby boy?" Mar. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beautiful name. Blessing from God. I have my first grandson and his name is Nathan Misael. God has sent us this beautiful angel into our family and I have another reason to live. God bless all the Nathan's and Misael's in the world. Gramma Mary" Oct. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Nathan. I hate being called Nate or Nathaniel. If some think it's ordinary then so be it. Bosses don't higher Shaunquishas and Darniques anyway." Oct. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I actually like the name Nathan and although it's not too unusual it's also not the most common name! If you don't like crazy names but think the names Tom, Sam etc are too common then I think Nathan is a safe bet." Jul. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name has always sounded friendly to me. The boys and men I've known named Nathan have been kind. My name is Melissa, but my mom chose Nathan as my name if I had been a boy." Jun. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brothers name is nathan. he was also named from a man in the bible. i don't know if he likes it or not. but i bet he doesn't really care. every one tries to call him nathanial, but he just goes by nate-dog." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandmother named me Nathan after the prophet in the bible...the name suggests we are God's Gift...what else can I say about that??" Apr. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am pregnant and if i have a boy i hope to call him Nathan. Im Irish and there isn't many Nathan's over here which is a good thing and i think its a really sweet different (without being too different) name!" Mar. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name. I wanted something easy to pronouce, easy to spell, and not the most popular name out there. Everyone assums he goes by Nate though!" Jan. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was also born in 2003 and we had the same thing happen that we didn't know how popular it was going to be! We still love it though, I often call him "Nathe" where I would assume most people would say "Nate" The other name we were considering at the time was Nolan :-)" Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey, My name's nathan and its pretty cool being called Nathan because Hardly any people are called that .Other than that People Spell it Nathen." Nov. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Born in the fifties, I was always the only one in my school named Nathan. Bullies wanted to beat me up for being Nathan. 5 guys named Chris one Nathan. I was different. Now everywhere I go I hear Naaathen! followed by a yuppie mom chasing a three year old." Oct. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i dig the name nathan its also my name its sweet also there are so few of us its just very nice I LIKE" Oct. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "love this name even though it's becoming quite popular ah, mom of three" Aug. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im nathan and all my mates call me nate... i guess" Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ive only met one person named Nathan, that was his given name and was not a nickname or shortenization on Nathanial. I did always like the name Nathan" Jun. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Often got 'Nathan Jones you've been gone too long' sung at me at school ....... However, you can't fault the 'god has given' translation. Beat that!!" Jun. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is defianalty the way to spell of although i have gotten NATHEN or NATHIN wrong" Apr. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my baby boy has a diphragmatic hernia and may nto lvie so we are going to call him nathan either way beacuse he is also our gift from god" Nov. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the meaning and it sounds both modern and classic." Sep. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I believe that a Child is a gift from Go. One of the best and true names." Jul. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im named after Nathan Brittles! Did you know that John Wayne was 6ft 4 in his stocking feet." Jul. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this name is deffinently the best name in history as i am thee gift from god" Jul. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is probably the best name in the world. It pwnz0rs n00bz. I would say Nathan is one of the few remaining 1337 names." Jun. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Nathan and am thrilled it means "gift from (of) God" because he truly is to me!" Jun. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is a hot name kind of like me. It means gift from god not given by god" May. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my first grandchild has been named Nathan it was the only name all the family liked. he was born on the 18th may 2006" May. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is nathan and i recon its a great name my gran spells it differently every birthday i have and sometimes she even get it right!" May. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name isnt Nathan but i love that name i have a good friend with that name. When i have have a baby boy i hope to name it Nathan. :)" May. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its ace!!! the meaning however is frequently mistaken as meaning 'gift from god' whilst the correct meaning is 'giving god' thats what i am. it would be impossible for me to be a gift from god when iam infact god himself, i am very generous howeversharing my beuty and wisedom with the world" Apr. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son has just been named Nate (Nathan on his birth certificate) and we're delighted to have such a wonderful meaning for his name as there are so few names that we liked, and had good meanings!" Mar. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wouldn't want to go by any other name:) plus being a gift from God is nice:P" Mar. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I feel like the spelling of it with the e like myself instead of the a is very unique and i havent met someone else that has it spelled like that. Im very fond of my name" Mar. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name and thinking to change my name to this one, my name meanning is "Sun Rise" which is in Greek (Anatole) and in Hebrew some people says it's Nathan also but after reading this webpage I dont think it's the same meanning :) so good luck to everyone whoos name Nathan. May God be with you." Feb. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had 8 miscarriages before my son was born, so Nathan was an extremely appropriate name for it's meaning. This is the child God has given us. We often call him Nate." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My newest grandson was given this name and I love it. It is a strong name and maintains the family's christian beliefs. Nate's brothers are Jake, Josh and Luke." Jan. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name Nathan, my son was born 12.12.04, and sadley passed 15.6.05 a true gift from god, if only for a you Nathan (Nay-nay) x" Jan. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a Nathan myself, I find that people Spell it with an E insead of an A, I am constantly correcting people, But hey How can you moan when your "God's Gift"" Jan. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am expecting a baby and was experimenting with names and its the only name that sound right for my son. MH" Jan. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a gorgeous name. My boyfriend has that name and his is truly a gift from God." Dec. 10, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "No one ever spells it wrong, they just sometimes completely mishear it as mason, jason, etc. I love my name, my brother named me after his best friend when he was 7. I hate being shortened to nate though (mostly by americans). Nat is much better - but only for close friends." Dec. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • ""People spell my name Nathin or Nathen but they still pronounce it right. I know a lot of people with the name Nathan. I like how it means "A gift from God'" Oct. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "People do spell it wrong, but pronounce it right. And I meet a few people with the same name, not just the first, but both first and last." Jun. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Some people spell it: "Nathen". You would be surprised at how many do. I like my name and I meet a few people now and then with the same name." Jun. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Nathan and chose it because of the meaning of the name - Given by God. We also liked Nate as well." Jun. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "This name is really ordinary. If you are looking for a unique name--this is not it." May. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is a respectable name that attracts admiration but may not bring so much popularity due to its unfamiliar nature" Dec. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name has been prominently used for generations in one branch of my family, and I had always liked the name. So when I had a son, I was happy I could name him Nathan. We appreciate the name's wonderful meaning too (gift of God)." Aug. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      28 Neutral Comments


  • "While Nate is not on this the closest. It's close to bad and meh but Nate is good" Nov. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names nathan lalor and someone mentioned they are naming theyre son liam nathan ...funny cause my sons name is lein nathaniel lalor and you named yours almist same as mine" Apr. 28, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I never liked or hated my name. Though it probably suits me best. By default, I get called Nate by lots of people. I tell everyone my name is Nathan, I never introduce myself as Nate. It just happens. I didn't like it at first, by got used to it. Some people take it a step further and call me Nate-dog. That's been by at least 3-4 people that have never met each other. Chances are good, if your name is Nathan you will get called Nate and Nate-dog at some point." Apr. 29, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Matt B: innersection buys out all the ofgtaoe for every section on the dvd (standard rates, more than $1000), covers licensing of their music (also more than) and when we start doing individual section downloads (soon) and generous percentage of the proceeds will indeed go straight to each filmer." Apr. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "so innersection gets every oictesn free (except the winning one) and they can sell it forever without paying the filmers who made it or the editor or even the surfer?.. any oictesn that makes the dvd should get $1000 bucks, any oictesn that gets downloaded for an amp movie' should get a royalty" Apr. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brothers name is Nathen with an e mine is hailey" Nov. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is nathan or also Nate, and i really like my name. every nathan other Nate or nathan i have met have always been nice!" May. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Nathan but once old enough in high school, he self-selected "Nate" in spite of my efforts to convince him otherwise. To Ms. Bryan, depending on how religious you are I would have chosen Nathan Emanuel if I had not used my birth name as his middle name." Apr. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "we're considering the name if we have a boy but we're paranoid he'll get "Nate" which we dont like ... we are so on the fence with this name!" Jan. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i called my son nathan, we shorten it to nath - dog... personally i love the name.. now he couldnt be anything else." Aug. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "aww my baby cousin is named nathan but we call him nate for short and i absolutley adore him and he so freakin cute" Feb. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Nathan in 2003 because I had never met one and I thought it was traditional and safe. Turns out, there were 3 other Nathans born in that hospital on that day. Guess I should have checked popularity charts first. On the bright side, most Nathans are actually Nathanials, I know this because everyone calls my son Nathanial, and that's not his name." Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Nathan I was born in 1976. I would have rather it been Nathaniel. Nathaniel has a better "ring" to it. Nathan and Nathaniel always get shortened to "Nate" anyway." Nov. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Nathan!!! And i don't get beat up. so that is good." Oct. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was little, I used to hate my name, because it was so different from everyone else's... it wasn't Cris, or Nick, or Mike. Now, however, I wouldn't want a different name! I love how while there are other Nathans out there, we're still pretty few-and-far-between, and consequently, I am rarely confused with anybody else. Most people just call me Nate, which is pretty easy to remember, and hard to mess-up. One thing I hate, however, is how some people INSIST that my full name must really be Nathaniel... well, it's not! It's just Nathan. Anyway, the worst was when somebody asked me if "Nate" was short for: "Nath-ahh-neel." Classic." Sep. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan just seems like such a cute boys name, I've met quite a few and they are all funny and attractive so that's what I associate with the name Nathan" Sep. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "If I have a son one day I want to name him Nathan Grant (Grant after my fiance)." Jun. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is nathan and i love it.. in my opinion 'it aint gettin much beta dan this' :]" Feb. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was told Nathan means "MAD SKILLS". In my case, this is definitely true...kidding" Feb. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • ""I always have liked this name...and now that God gives me the opportunity to be Mom, I will name my son Nathan "cuz, he is a great gift of God"" Jan. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan is my little brothers' name, and he's very nice at times---LOL =P---anyway, I think it's a cute name" Jan. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm latin and so my husband, and my son was born in this country.So to celebrate it we decided to give him an american name as his first name.We chose Nathan not only because it sounds good, and sophisticated but because of it's meaning and relation to the bible." Dec. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom is a member of Jewish group and a baby was born named Nathan. We were searching for the meaning of the name. We are located in Amsterdam The Netherlands" Nov. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've recently met quite a few Nathans in college, before then I only knew a couple. People often spell it with an "en". I like the name, and it's meaning. I also like Nate, so I never specify what people should call me. Just whichever one they feel comfortable with is fine." Nov. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am going to name my baby Nathan due in August. I think it is a great name with a great meaning." Apr. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Nathan actually means gift. Nathaniel means gift of god." Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a very good name. I don't like it however when people assume it is short for Nathaniel. Lots of people misspell it. I dont know why." Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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