Nathan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Nathan family

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.

Early History of the Nathan family

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Nathan Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Nathan family (pre 1700)

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Nathan World Ranking

In the United States, the name Nathan is the 4,569th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Nathan is ranked the 6,640th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Nathan is the 551st popular surname with an estimated 1,276 people with that name. [3]


United States Nathan migration to the United States +

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 [4]
Nathan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moses Nathan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1800 [4]
  • A. M. Nathan, who settled in New Orleans in 1821
  • Henry Nathan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1822 [4]
  • Myer Nathan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1841 [4]
  • Henrica Nathan, who landed in America in 1841 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Nathan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nathan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Solomon Nathan, English convict who was convicted in London, England for life, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Solomon Nathan, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Nathan Chapman, (Nathaniel), (b. 1797), aged 37, English convict who was convicted in Hertfordshire, England for 14 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1840 [7]
  • Mr. John Nathan, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Nathan, (b. 1814), aged 24, English hawker who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1866 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Nathan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Nathan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Nathan, aged 26, a smith, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Jane Nathan, aged 26, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Mr. Henry Anthony Nathan, (b. 1814), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [10]
  • Mrs. Jane Nathan née Hearn, (b. 1814), aged 26, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [10]
  • Miss Jane Nathan, (b. 1833), aged 7, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Slains Castle" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 25th January 1841 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nathan (post 1700) +

  • Theodora Nathalia "Tonie" Nathan (1923-2014), American politician, the first woman to have received an electoral vote in a United States presidential election
  • Tony Nathan (b. 1956), American football coach and former player
  • Robert Gruntal Nathan (1894-1985), American novelist and poet
  • Frederick Nathan Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Mexico, 1996 [11]
  • Mrs. Frank Nathan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maryland, 1960 [11]
  • F. A. Nathan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1924 [11]
  • 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 [11]
  • Edgar J. III Nathan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 5th District, 1949 [11]
  • 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 [11]
  • David E. Nathan, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 8th District; Elected 2012 [11]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  8. ^ Convict Records of Australia ( retrieved 1st February 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/charles-kerr)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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