What does Dane mean?
Dane /dane/ [1 syll.] 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.
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 boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5234%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.3063%, down 41.5%), with the versions Dana and Dino becoming less trendy. Dean (#221) and Dane (#625) 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.