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What does Dane mean?

Dane Pronunciation of Dane [dane] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Dane) is pronounced dayn. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Dane is "from Denmark". 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.

Associated with: river.


Dane has 5 variants: Dain, Daine, Danon, Dayne and Dayner.

Related boy names: Dana and Daniel.

5 more alternative forms via Dean: Deane, Deen, Dene, Deyn and Dino.

Creative forms:
(male) Darne, Doone, ..

(female) Daie, Dare, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dane Desean (D.D.), ..

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)

Dane was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its top rank of #310 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is presently at #626. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dane name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dane outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Dane (#626 a year ago) are Daniel (#12 a year ago), Dean (#204), Deane, Dino, Dayne, Dain and Dana. These forms of Dane were popular as baby names in the 1980s (adoption of 2%) and have become significantly less conventional since (adoption 0.8%, 58%), with versions such as Dana becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dane, Dain, Dana, Daniel, Dayne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dean, Deane, Dino in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Daniel, Dean outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dane is pronounced similarly to Dan, Dann, Dawayne, Den, Deon, Deonn, Dewayne, Dion, Doan, Doane, Don, Donn, Donne, Dowan, Duane, Duayne, Dunn, Dunne, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine, Dwane and Dwayne. Other suggested similar names are Bane, Blane, Carne, Dabnee (see Dabney), Dabney, Dabny, Dace, Dacey, Dade, Dag, Dagen, Dale, Danal, Daneal, Danek, Dani, Danie, Danil, Dannie, Danno, Danny, Dantae, Dante, Danya, Danyel, Dart, Dave, Daven, Davie, Davy, Dawe, Dax, Daye, Deke, Delane, Dice, Dore, Drake, Duke, Enne, Fane, Gaine, Gayne, Kaine, Kane, Keane, Lane, Rane, Vane, Zane and Zayne. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dane.