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The surname Nathan was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 18th Century

  • Lyon Nathan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1763

Nathan Settlers in 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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Nathan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Burnett Nathan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1845
  • Maryanne Nathan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1845
  • Thomas Nathan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1845
  • Alan Nathan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Taglioni" in 1845
  • Henry Nathan, aged 24, a shoemaker, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

Nathan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Nathan, aged 26, a smith, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Jane Nathan, aged 26, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Harry Nathan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1863
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  • Theodora Nathalia "Tonie" Nathan (1923-2014), American politician, the first woman to have received an electoral vote in a United States presidential election
  • Theodora Nathalia Nathan (b. 1923), American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Vice President of the United States, 1972; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Oregon, 1980
  • Frederick Nathan Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1996
  • Mrs. Frank Nathan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1960
  • F. A. Nathan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1924
  • Edward Isaac Nathan (b. 1878), American Republican politician, U.S. Consul in Patras, 1907-09; Mersina, 1909-17; Vigo, 1917-21; Palermo, 1921-26; Santiago de Cuba, 1929; Monterrey, 1932
  • Edgar J. III Nathan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1949
  • Edgar J. Nathan Jr. (d. 1965), American Republican politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 15th District, 1938; Borough President of Manhattan, New York, 1942-45; Defeated, 1945
  • David E. Nathan, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 8th District; Elected 2012
  • Bertha Nathan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1928
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    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. 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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