Nathan (given name)

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This article is about the western name. For the Hindu deity, see Vethan. For other uses, see Nathan (disambiguation).
Nathan the Prophet advising king David
Pronunciation English: NAY-thǝn;
Hebrew: Nā-tān
Word/name Hebrew
Meaning "Given"
Other names
Nickname(s) Nate, Nat
Related names Jonathan, Nathaniel

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

The related name Elnathan could be rendered "Gift of 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 "God has given". Nathan can also be used as a nickname for Nathaniel.

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

Hebrew Bible[edit]

  • Nathan, a prophet who lived in the time of Kings David and Solomon
  • Nathan, son of David and his wife Bathsheba (1 Chr 3:5; Luke 3:31)
  • In 1 Kings 4:5 Nathan is the name of the father of Azariah and of the father of Zabad, two of Solomon's chief administrators. It is not clear whether both men had the same father
  • In 2 Samuel 23:36 Nathan from Zobah is listed as the father of Igal
  • In 1 Chronicles 2:36 another Nathan is listed as a descendant of Jerahmeel, of the tribe of Judah
  • In 1 Chronicles 11:38 yet another Nathan is the brother of Joel, one of David's elite warriors
  • In Ezra 8:15–16 Nathan is the name of one of Ezra's companions who are sent to Iddo to ask for temple workers to replace the missing Levites
  • In Ezra 10:38–44 Nathan son of Binnui is listed as one who divorced a foreign wife and sent her and her children away

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