Nathan (given name)


Nathan (given name)
Nathan
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Nathan the Prophet advising king David
Pronunciation NAY-thǝn
Gender Male
Origin
Word/Name Hebrew
Meaning "Given"
Other names
Related names Jonathan

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 "YHWH has given". Nathan can also be used as a nickname for Nathaniel.

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

Contents

Hebrew Bible

  • 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

Later times

Fictional characters

  • Prince Nathan in the comic strip Prince Valiant
  • Nathan the Wise, eponymous protagonist in the 1779 play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
  • Big Nate, eponymous comic strip character
  • Nate the Great, eponymous protagonist of the book series by Marjorie W. Sharmat
  • Nathan Algren, protagonist of the film The Last Samurai
  • Captain Nathan Bridger, of the cult science fiction show Seaquest DSV
  • Nathan Detroit, a character in the novel and musical Guys and Dolls
  • Nathan Drake (character), protagonist of the video games Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • Nathan Explosion, a character in the cartoon series Metalocalypse
  • Nathan Ford, mastermind of TNT's crime-drama Leverage
  • Nathan Grantham in the movie Creepshow
  • Nathan Graves, protagonist of the video game series Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
  • Nathan Hale, protagonist of the PS3 game series Resistance
  • Nathan Horton,a minor character in the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives
  • Nathan Landau, a character in the novel Sophie's Choice by William Styron
  • Nathan Never, eponymous protagonist of the Italian science fiction comic book
  • Nathan Petrelli, a character in the NBC science fiction series Heroes
  • Nathan Scott, a character in the television series One Tree Hill
  • Nathan Sims, a character in the Australian mockumentary series We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the Year and its follow-up, Angry Boys
  • Nathan Wuornos, a character in the television series Haven, based on Stephen King's short story The Colorado Kid
  • Nathan Zuckerman, narrator or protagonist in many of Philip Roth's works of fiction

References

  1. ^ Meaning and etymology of the name Nathan, Abarim Publications

See also


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