What does Duane mean?
Duane \du(a)-ne\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' 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.
Duane has 1 feminine form: Duana.
Duane is a very popular first name for males (#215 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#14664 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Duane for boys. Duane was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex position of #119 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Duane and associated names. Dewayne, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne (#881 in 2014) are the prominent varying forms of Duane. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.4663%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.0198%, down 95.7%), with the forms Dewayne, Duane, Duwayne, Dwain and Dwayne becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Duane▼ is alike in pronunciation 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.