There is a rare pet form of Giovanni
that's been used in the area of Italy around Venice which is spelled Zane
. That has caused a lot of baby name books and sites to list Zane
as a form of John
, which in an English speaking context is not true, as it clearly comes from the non-Italian family surname which gave the author Zane Grey
his given name.
I am assuming that Zane
in Venice is pronounced something like "Tsah-neh". Can
any of you who speak Italian confirm that this is correct, or is it pronounced some other way in northern Italy?