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.
Associated with: river.
(male) Darne, Doone, ..
(female) Daie, Dare, ..
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 history of Dane for boys. 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 #625. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Dane (#625 a year ago) are Daniel (#10 a year ago), Dean (#221), 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.
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.