[ 1 syll. (s)ha-ne, sh-ane ] The baby boy name Shane is sometimes used as a girl name. Its pronunciation is -SHey-N †. Shane is used predominantly in the English and Irish languages, and its origin is Hebrew and Irish Gaelic. The name is Anglicized from Seán, representing a Northern Irish pronunciation of the Gaelic name. It was first adopted in America after the release of the popular western film Shane (1953) based on the novel (1949) of the same name.
In addition, Shane is a variant (English and Irish) of the name John (English and Hebrew).
Shane is also a variant (English) of the name Sean (English and Irish).
Shane is also a variant of the name Shanahan (English).
See also the related form, Shannon (English).
Shane is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1950s up to the 1970s; before that, it was of very light use only. At the modest peak of its usage in 1973, 0.354% of baby boys were given the name Shane. It ranked at #54 then. The baby name has since fallen in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.045% and its ranking #372. Out of the group of boy names directly linked to Shane, John was the most widely used. In 2018, it was used 11 times more than Shane. Shane has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1974, the name Shane was given to 35 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Shane: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
A famous person named Shane is Shane West, Actor, born Shannon Bruce Snaith, 10 June 1978, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.