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What does Dwain mean?

Dwain Pronunciation of Dwain [dwain] as a boys' name. The name Dwain means "dark, swarthy". Dwain is a version of Duane (Irish, Gaelic). Dwain is also a derivative of Dwayne (Irish, Gaelic): from the Gaelic "dubh".

Associated with: dark.


Dwain has 9 variants: Dawayne, Dewain, Dewayne, Duayne, Duwain, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwaine and Dwane.

Creative forms:
(male) Dwabin, Dwaind, ..

(female) Dwaan, Dwaina, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dwain Levi (D.L.), ..

How popular is Dwain?

Dwain is a somewhat popular first name for men (#1032 out of 1220, Top 85%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Dwain was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #570 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not listed currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dwain name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Dawayne, Dewain, Dewayne (#1566 last year), Duane (#1468), Duwayne, Dwaine, Dwane and Dwayne (#796) are the popular variation forms of Dwain. Adoption of these relations of Dwain was at its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 (adoption of 0.3%) and is now much lower, with versions like Dewayne becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dwain, Dawayne, Dewain, Dewayne, Duane in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Duwayne, Dwaine, Dwane, Dwayne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dwain is alike in pronunciation to Dain, Daine, Dan, Dane, Dann, Dayne, Dean, Deane, Deen, Deion, Den, Deon, Deonn, Dewonn, Dewuan, Deyn, Deyon, Dion, Doan, Doane, Don, Donn, Dowan and Dunn. Other suggested similar names are Alain, Bain, Blain, Brain, Cain, Crain, Dai, Darin, Davin, Deakin, Devin, Dwade, Ewin, Fain, Gawain, Gwin, Iain, Kain, Owain, Owin, Pain, Rain, Swain, Twain, Wain and Zain. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dwain.

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