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What does Shane mean?

Shane Pronunciation of 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)


VARIANTS Shaine, Shayn, Shayne

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, Zane

FEMININE FORMS Shaina, Shania, Shayne

(male) Sane, ..

(female) Shany, ..

Shane Jagger (S.J.), ..

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 #372. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Prominent varying forms of Shane (#372 IN 2018) are John (#27), Ian (#79), Evan (#86), Ivan (#133), Juan (#139), Zane (#200), Sean (#269), Shawn (#393), Johan (#579), Shaun (#1016), Ean (#1101), Gian (#1221), Jean (#1240), Johann (#1389), Hans (#1446), Ewan (#1603), Jan (#1844), Eian, Euan and Shayne. Usage of these forms of Shane reached its apex 138 years ago (USAGE OF 8.34%) and is now much lower (USAGE 1.69%, 79.7%), with versions like Jean falling out of fashion. John is the longstanding favorite, though Zane 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-sounding 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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