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Where did the English Nathan family come from? What is the English Nathan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Nathan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Nathan family history?

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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Nathan has been recorded under many different variations, including Nathan, Natan, Nation, Nations, Nusan, Nusen and others.

First found in Nottinghamshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nathan research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Nathan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Nathan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Nathan or a variant listed above:

Nathan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Lyon Nathan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763

Nathan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Moses Nathan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800
  • A. M. Nathan, who came to New Orleans in 1821
  • Henry Nathan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822
  • Myer Nathan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841
  • Henrica Nathan, who landed in America in 1841


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  • Robert Gruntal Nathan (1894-1985), American novelist and poet
  • Tony Nathan (b. 1956), American football coach and former player
  • Theodora Nathalia "Tonie" Nathan (1923-2014), American politician, the first woman to have received an electoral vote in a United States presidential election
  • Harry Louis Nathan (1889-1963), 1st Baron Nathan, English Liberal politician
  • Isaac Nathan (1790-1864), English-Australian musician and self-publicist
  • David Nathan (1923-1966), Welsh journalist
  • Henry Nathan Jr. (1842-1914), first Jewish Canadian to be elected to the House of Commons
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan GCMG (1862-1939), British former Governor of Hong Kong


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  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Nathan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nathan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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