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Meaning and Name Origin

Shane \sh(a)-ne\ 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.


Shane has 3 variants: Shaine, Shayn and Shayne.

Shane has 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.

Shane has 3 feminine forms: Shaina, Shania and Shayne.


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 (#6381 out of 88799, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Shane for boys. Shane entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #64 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #277. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Shane and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Shane (#277 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are John (#26 in 2014), Evan (#58), Ian (#77), Juan (#98), Ivan (#132), Sean (#193), Zane (#224), Shawn (#323), Johan (#579), Shaun (#742), Ean (#997), Ewan, Euan, Shayne, Hans, Jean, Jan and Johann. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during the years 1980-1989 and is now much lower, with versions like Shaun, Ean, Jean, Shayne and Jan falling out of fashion. The trendier baby names among these are Zane (#224), Ian (#77), Evan (#58), Sean (#193) and Shane (#277), with Evan undergoing a rebound in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ean, Evan, Hans, Ian, Ivan, Jan, Jean, Johan, Johann, John in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Juan, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Shayne, Zane in U.S.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Shane is alike in pronunciation to Chan, Chane, Chann, Channe, Chayne, Shaan, Shan and Shann. Other suggested similar baby names are Shade, Shae, Shanen, Shani, Shawnee, Shawney, Shawnie, Shaye, Sohan, Swaine, Swayne and Thane. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shane.