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Gender: M Meaning of Dane: "from Denmark" Origin of Dane: English Dane's Popularity in 2015: #626

Dane is a more masculine Dana alternative, with added style edge. Dane is one of those names that's more popular than you think, just outside of the Top 500 after ranking on the U.S. Top 1000 for nearly seventy years. It was first popularized via mid-century actor Dane Clark (born Bernard Zanville); actor and comedian Dane Cook gave it a more recent boost.

Dane is one of several rhyming cousins gaining in popularity--Zane, Thane, Cain/Kane--but not Wayne.

Dane also makes a great middle name, as evidenced by January Jones' use of it for son Xander Dane.

Famous People Named Dane

Dane DeHaan, American actor
Dane Aaron Rumble, New Zealand singer of group Fast Crew
Dane Jeffrey Cook, American comedian/actor
Dane Fletcher, American NFL football player
Dane Sanzenbacher, American NFL football player
Dane David De La Rosa, American baseball player
Dane Boedigheimer, American web filmmaker of Annoying Orange
Dane William DeHaan, American actor
Dane Clark (born Bernard Zanville), American actor
Dane Leon Bowers, English R&B singer-songwriter of group Another Level
Dane Swan, Australian rules footballer
Dane Chisholm, Australian rugby league player
Dane Williams, child of Brady and Robyn Williams of the TLC show "My Five Wives"

Pop Culture References for the name Dane

Saint Dane, character in D.J. MacHale's Pendragon series
Dane O'Neill, character in Colleen McCullough's "The Thorn Birds"

Dayne, Dain, Daine, Dayn

Dane's International Variations

Danek (German)