Shane (name)

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Shane
Pronunciation Shayn
Gender mainly Male
Origin
Meaning 'graced by God'
Region of origin Ireland
Other names
Related names John, Juan, Shayne, Shayna, O'Shane, O'Shea, Sean, Séamus, Shay

Shane is mainly a masculine given name. It is an Anglicised version of the Irish name Seán, which itself is cognate to the name John.[1] Shane comes from the way the name Seán is pronounced in the Ulster dialect of the Irish language, as opposed to Shaun or Shawn.

Shane is also a popular surname with the prefix "Mc", "Mac", or "O'", to form Anglicized Irish surname patronyms.[2] The surname was first recorded in Petty's census of Ireland (1659), which lists a Dermot McShane (i.e. Son of Shane).[3]

The name Shane became popular through the novel Shane (1949) by Jack Schaefer and its movie adaptation (1953), directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by A.B. Guthrie, Jr.

Variant forms include Shayne.

Shane is sometimes used as a feminine given name, derived not from the Irish name but from the Yiddish name Shayna, meaning "beautiful".

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Shane
Family name
Pronunciation shayn
Related names McShane
MacShane
O'Shane
  • Alex Shane (b. 1979), British former wrestler
  • Bob Shane (b. 1934), American folk singer, co-founder and lead singer of The Kingston Trio
  • Doug Shane, test pilot
  • Paul Shane (1940–2013), English actor
  • Shane Twins (b. 1967), the twin brothers Mike and Todd Shane, professional wrestlers
  • Tom Shane, founder of the Shane Company, the largest family-owned jeweler in the United States

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shane - name meaning & origin". thinkbabynames.com. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  2. ^ "View Name: Shane". behindthename.com. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  3. ^ "View Name: McShane". surname database.