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Meaning and Name Origin

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 10 variants: Dewain, Dewayne, Duante, Duayne, Duwain, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne.

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 (#20277 out of 88799, Top 23%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Duane name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Duane and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Duane appearing in the Top 1000 are Dewayne, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne (#881 in 2014). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1950-1959 and are now much less widespread, with the forms Dewayne, Duane, Duwayne, Dwain and Dwayne becoming somewhat dated. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dewayne, Duane, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine, Dwayne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Duane and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.