Nathan (given name)

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Nathan the Prophet advising king David
Pronunciation English: NAY-thǝn;
Hebrew: Nā-tān
Gender Male
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning "Gave"
Other names
Nickname(s) Nate, Nat
Related names Natan, Nathaniel, Jonathan

Nathan is a masculine given name. It is derived from the Hebrew verb נתן meaning gave (standard Hebrew Natan, Yiddish Nussen or Nosson, Tiberian Hebrew Nāṯān). The meaning of the name in Jewish culture could be rendered "he has given" or "he will give".[1]

The related name Elnathan could be rendered "Gift of El" (Hebrew God). Four different people named Elnathan are mentioned in the Hebrew Bible: one at 2 Kings 24:8, and three in Ezra 8:15–20. Similar ancient names are Nathaniel, with the same meaning as Elnathan, and Jonathan which signifies "YHWH has given". Nathan can also be used as a nickname for Nathaniel.

Familiar forms of Nathan used in English include Nat and Nate.

In the Bible[edit]

  • Nathan, a prophet who lived in the time of Kings David and Solomon
  • Nathan, son of David and his wife Bathsheba

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