Nathan Family History

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Nathan Name Meaning

Jewish, English, and German: from the Biblical Hebrew personal name Natan ‘given’ (i.e. by God). Sometimes this is also a Jewish short form of Jonathan or Nathaniel. The personal name was comparatively rare among non-Jews in the Middle Ages (although always common among Jews); as a modern surname it is most frequently Jewish.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Jonathan, Mathai, Athan, Gahan, Nathe, Tatman, Kathman, Oatman

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Nathan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nathan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Nathan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • European Jewish


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Nathan Family Origin

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Nathan Family Occupations

What did your Nathan ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Laborour and Dressmaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nathan. A less common occupation for the Nathan family was Farmer & Fisherman. The most common Nathan occupation in Canada was Farmer. 25% of Nathan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborour

  • Dressmaker

  • Farmer & Fisherman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nathan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nathan Historical Records

What Nathan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 82,000 census records available for the last name Nathan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nathan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Nathan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Nathan. For the veterans among your Nathan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nathan Life Expectancy

What is the average Nathan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Nathan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Nathan in 1943 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nathan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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