This is a male given name of Old Testament Biblical origin. The name derives from the Hebrew “Nāṯān / Nâthân", Biblical Greek “Nathán (Ναθάν)”, meaning “He (God) has given, He will give“. 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 means "God has given". Nathan can also be used as a nickname for Nathaniel. Now the name “Nathan” is one of the thirty most popular names in the United States, while “Natan” is ranked #495.