What does Dane mean?
This surname might have indicated Danish ancestry, or if the person lived near the English River Dane. It is also possible that the name originated as an variant form of the male name Dean. Variants Daine and Dayne are English/French surnames occasionally used as given names. Actor Dane Clark.
How popular is Dane?
Dane is a somewhat popular first name for males (#621 out of 1220, Top 51%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#9866 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Dane for boys. Dane was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #314 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is presently at #625. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Dane (#625 a year ago) are Daniel (#10 a year ago), Dean (#221), Deane, Dino, Dayne and Dana. These forms of Dane were popular as baby names during the years 1960-1969 (adoption of 0.52%) and are somewhat less conventional today (adoption 0.31%, ▼41.48%), with the versions Dana and Dino becoming less trendy. Dean and Dane are two of the more chic baby names here. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Dane and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Dane▲ is pronounced similarly to Dan▼, Dann, Den, Doan, Doane, Don▼, Donn▼, Donne, Duane▼, Duayne, Dunn, Dunne, Dwaine, Dwane and Dwayne▼. Other suggested similar baby names are Bane, Dace, Dade, Dale▼, Danek, Dani, Danie, Dannie▼, Danno, Danny▲, Dante▲, Danya, Dave▼, Dawe, Daye, Fane, Kane▲, Lane▲, Rane, Vane and Zane▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dane.