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What does Shane mean?

Shane Pronunciation of Shane [shane] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Shane) is pronounced shayn. It is of Irish and Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Shane is "God is gracious". Variant of Sean, from John. Popular in the 1950s and 1960s due to the film "Shane". See also Shawn. Screenwriter Shane Black.

Associated with: irish, gracious, popular (famous), black (dark).


Shane has 3 variants: Shaine, Shayn and Shayne.

31 more alternative forms via John, Sean, Shawn: Ean, Eian, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Gian, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Ivann, Iwan, Jan, Janek, Janne, Jean, Jehan, Jian, Johan, Johann, Juan, Sean, Seann, Shaun, Shaundre, Shawn, Shawnel, Shawnell, Shawnn, Shonn, Vanek and Zane.

3 feminine forms: Shaina, Shania and Shayne.

Creative forms:
(male) Sane, Shune, ..

(female) Share, Shase, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shane Raleigh (S.R.), ..

How popular is Shane?

Shane is a very prominent first name for males (#190 out of 1220, Top 16%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#4637 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shane entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #60 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #295. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Shane (#295 in 2015) are John (#26 in 2015), Evan (#67), Ian (#76), Juan (#114), Ivan (#138), Sean (#211), Zane (#233), Shawn (#352), Johan (#553), Shaun (#769), Ean (#977), Jean (#1190), Gian (#1221), Ewan (#1284), Johann (#1292), Hans (#1411), Jan (#1677), Shayne (#1729), Eian and Euan. Usage of these forms of Shane reached its apex 135 years ago (usage of 8.34%) and is now much lower (usage 1.87%, 77.5%), with versions like Jan falling out of fashion. John is the longstanding favorite, though Ean has grown popular as well over time.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shane, Ean, Eian, Evan, Ewan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gian, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jean, Johan, Johann, John, Juan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sean, Shaun, Shawn, Shayne, Zane in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shane, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Ian outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Johan, John, Sean, Shaun, Shawn, Zane outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shane is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chane, Chann, Channe, Chayne, Cheyne, Shaan, Shan, Shann, Shayan, Shayanne and Sion. Other suggested similar names are Bane, Blane, Cahane, Crane, Dane, Deane, Doane, Duane, Dwane, Fane, Kahane, Kane, Keane, Lane, Rane, Roane, Sage, Sante, Saxe, Shad, Shadd, Shade, Shadi, Shadoe, Shae, Shai, Shaka, Shanan, Shandey (see Shandy), Shandy, Shanen, Shani, Shanley, Shannen, Shanon, Shaq, Shaque, Shaul, Shaw, Shawnee, Shawney, Shawnie, Shay, Shaye, Shays, Signe, Slade, Sloane, Sohan, Stan, Stana, Stanek, Stone, Swaine, Swayne, Thaine, Thane, Thayne and Vane. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shane.

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