Gender: Male Meaning of Zane: "God is gracious" Origin of Zane: Possible variation of John Zane's Popularity in 2019: #239

Zane Origin and Meaning

The name Zane is a boy's name meaning "God is gracious".

Western novelist Zane (born Pearl!) Grey made this name famous. Now, it's in tune with the style of our times, retaining that appealing cowboy image.

Zane Grey was the great-grandson of Ebenezer Zane, founder of Zanesville, Ohio, the town where the writer was born. The name Zane has been on the popularity list since 1921, the heyday of such Zane Grey novels as The Riders of the Purple Sage.

The Arabic name Zayn, as in musician Zayn Malik, sounds exactly the same as Zane but has a different root. Zayn is one of the fastest-rising names in recent years. And some parents--including country singer Mindy McReady -- use the spelling Zayne.

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Rank in US: #239

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juliannaz Says:


My dads name is Zane, our last name is also a Z, but i've always loved it and if I ever have a son want it to be part of their middle name. It's a great middle spot and a bold first name.

jjasper Says:


"God is gracious"... somehow simultaneously the best and WORST name for Zane Ro'Meave from MCD. He's a priest, yes, but a very corrupt one who I don't think even believes in the deity he's supposed to represent. So this is a very ironic meaning. I wonder if Jess looked up the meaning when she named him.

patriciatm Says:


I really like this name, and I always think of Billy Zane when I hear it.

PersephoneBoleyn Says:


I really love this name. To me, it sounds so zesty, not to mention it's meaning and origins. It's absolutely perfect.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Maybe, but he spells his name Zayn, not Zane. I do like the Zane spelling better, though.

indiefendi2 Says:


it was never an unpopular name. it has been in the Top 1000 since 1921.

stella2007 Says:


I think it's because of Zayn from the band One Direction (Gigi Hadid's boyfriend) that has made Zane and Zayn popular again?

LV51sfan91 Says:


Zany and insane....Zane. Not too bad of a name!

eveyalecia Says:


I loved Zane when I was a tween, but now it feels immature. And I don't like the connection to the word "zany."

Hailey Says:


Right? I knew 2 boys with this name at the preschool I worked at and I was surprised that it suddenly was getting so popular.

RoddyThlayli Says:


A friend of mine's middle name, as well as the name of one of my favorite characters, and I actually like the way it sounds, but something turns me off it. Not sure what.

Bobcat108 Says:


I love Zane Grey's novels, & like both Zane & Grey as names, but wouldn't use them myself. I don't care for the spellings Zayne & Gray, though.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


What is with the sudden craze for this name? Seems like nearly everyone here is taken by it.

Addie88 Says:


This rhymes with our last name, thus rendering it unusable, but I like it.