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Gender: Male Meaning of Zane: "God is gracious" Origin of Zane: Possible variation of John Zane's Popularity in 2017: #202

The name Zane is a boy's name meaning "God is gracious". Zane is ranked #202 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Initials - Twins".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Zane

Zane Dae Beadles, American football player
Zane Taylor, American football player
Zane Alexander Huett, American actor
Zane Hijazi, YouTuber
(Pearl) Zane Grey, American novelist
(Alexander) Zane Reid Lowe, New Zealand DJ
Zane Lamprey, American actor and comedian
Zane-Ray Brodie Holtz, Canadian actor and model
Zane Ice, Kid's Week Jeopardy! Champion
Zane Alexander, son of American actress Heather Tom
Billy Zane, American actor
Zane Charendoff, Canadian actor

Pop Culture References for the name Zane

Zane Donovan, character on TV's "Eureka"
Zane, character in "Uglies" book series
Zane, white ninja from animated TV show "Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu"
Zane Park, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Zane Venture, character in the 'Mistborn' Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Zane Bennett, character on TV's "H20: Just Add Water"
Zane Dupree, main character in Rodman Philbrick's "Zane and the Hurricane."
Dathan "Zane" McShane character in "The Safe Lands" by Jill Williamson
Zane Ro'Meave, character in Aphmau's YouTube series
Zane Truesdale, character in the anime "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
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Rachel Zane, character on TV's "Suits," portrayed by Meghan, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex

Zayne, Zain


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.