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Gender: Male Meaning of Dwayne: "swarthy" Origin of Dwayne: Spelling variation of Duane Dwayne's Popularity in 2017: #936

The name Dwayne is a boy's name meaning "swarthy". Dwayne is ranked #936 on our popularity charts and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

This is an offshoot of Duane, which is an old Irish surname. It took off in the 1960s, when it conveyed a surfer boy image, and reached as high as Number 111 in 1961. The most prominent current bearer is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. The basketball superstar spells his name DwYAne Wade.

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Famous People Named Dwayne

Dwayne Douglas "The Rock" Johnson, American actor and pro wrestler
Dwayne Kim Wayans, American writer and composer
Dwayne Michael Carter aka Lil Wayne, American rapper
Dwayne Lamont Allen, American NFL player
Dwayne Bravo, Trinidadian cricketer
Dwayne Anthony De Rosario, Canadian soccer player
Dwayne Lorenzo Bowe, American NFL player
Dwayne Glenn McDuffie, American comics and TV writer

Pop Culture References for the name Dwayne

Dwayne Cleophus Wayne, lead character on "A Different World"
Dwayne Banbury, from TV series "Mysterious Ways"
Dwayne Hicks, from the movie "Aliens"
Dwayne, character in "The Wolf of Wall Street" (2013 film)
Dwayne Myers, police officer from BBC's "Death in Paradise"
Dwayne Ray Ruiz, character in Barbara Kingsolver's book "The Bean Trees"

Duwayne, Duane, Dwaine, Dwain, Duwain


stella2007 Says:


I've only met one Dwayne in my life and he's the nicest guy and great father! So I like the name because of that. I love the really American feel of this name.

linda Says:


If you take a look, you'll see that I've changed the description. Thanks for the head's-up!

MaryKathryn Says:


I think they saw our comments and changed the description!

MaryKathryn Says:


I have always been a supporter of Nameberry and I will defend it to the end of time, but this description is a tad uncalled for.

opants Says:


Awful description! This is just one person's opinion.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I totally agree. I wish that Nameberry would use real descriptions and not just biased comments. I can see for names that really are off-limits (Gay, Adolph, Etc.) but sometimes they fail to put appropriate descriptions

grnberyl Says:


This name could use a better description minus the judgment.

csd267 Says:


Well, the description is harsh. This is my brother's name. He is very successful and classy :)

DryLake Says:


This name gives me a feeling of typical american B-movies, and I'm not even american.

lawsonhaley Says:


My dad's first name, he never, ever, EVER uses it.