What does Duane mean?
Duane [du-ane] as a boys' name (also used less widely 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.
1 feminine form: Duana.Creative forms:
(male) Daiane, Duan, ..
(female) Duanel, Duney, .. Middle name pairings:
Duane Kaidyn (D.K.), ..
How popular is Duane?
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. Demographics)
Duane reached its apex position of #111 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is at #1468 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Dewain, Dewayne (#1566 in recent rankings), Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne (#796) are the prominent varying forms of Duane (#1468 in recent rankings). These forms of Duane were at the peak of their popularity 6 decades ago (median #716) and are now much less conventional (#1690, ▼91%), with forms like Dwayne becoming less trendy.
Duane▼ is alike in pronunciation to Dain, Daine, Dan▼, Dane, Dann, Dawayne, Dayne, Dean, Deane, Dejuan, Den, Dene, Deon, Deonn, Dewuan, Deyn, Dion▼, Doan, Doane, Don▼, Donn, Donne, Dowan, Dunn and Dunne. Other suggested similar names are Bane, Blane, Burne, Chane, Crane, Dace, Dade, Dale▼, Dana▼, Danek, Dani, Danie, Dante, Dave▼, Dawe, Daye, Deante, Delane, Devane, Drake, Duarte, Dugan, Duke▲, Dunc, Duran, Durand, Durant, Durante, Dwade, Fane, Gunne, June, Kane▲, Keane, Lane▲, Rane, Roane, Rune, Shane▼, Thane, Tune, Vane and Zane▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Duane.See names in meaning and etymology.