Shane (name)

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Pronunciation Shayn
Gender mainly Male
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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Family name
Pronunciation shayn
Related names McShane
  • 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

See also[edit]


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