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What does Duane mean?

Duane Pronunciation of Duane 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH irish, scottish, brown


VARIANTS Dewain, Dewayne, Duante, Duayne, Duwain, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine, Dwayne


(male) Duan, ..

(female) Duney, ..

Duane Genesis (D.G.), ..

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 #1842 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Dewain, Dewayne, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne (#915 IN RECENT RANKINGS) are the prominent varying forms of Duane (#1842). These forms of Duane were at the peak of their popularity 6 decades ago (MEDIAN #716) and are now much less conventional (#1822, 94%), with forms like Dwayne becoming less trendy.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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 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-sounding 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.

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