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Boy Name: Duane

Name: Duane
Pronunciation: \du(a)-ne\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Duane's also a girl name)
Meaning: dark, swarthy
Origin: Swedish
Sounds Like: Dane, Deane, Doane, Dunne, Dwane
Variant forms: Dewain, Dewayne, Duante, Duayne, Duwain, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine, Dwayne
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 215
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 20277


Duane \du(a)-ne\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Duane), is pronounced d'wayn. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Duane is "dark, swarthy". Historical: many Irish and Scottish names have the meaning "dark" or "black". Most Gaels had brown hair and dark skin coloring that contrasted with the fair hair and pale skin of Norwegian and Swedish invaders. Duante (d'wan-TAY) is a contemporary creation.

Duane has 10 variant forms: Dewain, Dewayne, Duante, Duayne, Duwain, Duwaine, Duwayne, Dwain, Dwaine and Dwayne.

Baby names that sound like Duane are Dane, Deane, Doane, Dunne and Dwane.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Duane.


Duane is a very popular first name for men (#215 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#20277 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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