Meaning and name origin
Duane \du(a)-ne\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Duane), is pronounced d'wayn. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Duane is "dark, swarthy". Historical: many Irish and Scottish names have the meaning "dark" or "black". Most Gaels had brown hair and dark skin coloring that contrasted with the fair hair and pale skin of Norwegian and Swedish invaders. Duante (d'wan-TAY) is a contemporary creation.
There is 1 feminine form of Duane: Duana.
Duane is a very popular first name for males (#215 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#20277 out of 88799, Top 23%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Duane for boys. Duane reached its highest rank of #119 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Duane and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dwayne (#881), Dwaine, Dwain, Duwayne, Duane and Dewayne. (2014 statistics).
Duane▼ is also pronounced similarly to Daine, Dan▼, Dane▼, Dann, Dayne, Dean▲, Deane, Dene, Doan, Doane, Donne, Dunn, Dunne and Dwane. Other suggested similar baby names are Dana▼, Dani and Danie. These names tend to be less commonly used than Duane.