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Nathan Family History

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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Where is the Nathan family from?

You can see how Nathan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Nathan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Nathan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 30 Nathan families living in Ontario. This was about 32% of all the recorded Nathan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Nathan families in 1911.
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What did your Nathan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Nathan. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    100%
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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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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