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The Frisian pronunciation of Ane is: AH-nə
-- Lucille  5/28/2010
Ane is used as a masculine name in West Frisia (located in The Netherlands) and North Frisia (located in Germany) - but also here and there in The Netherlands and Germany itself (often by non-Frisian parents that simply have a love for Frisian names).

To get a slight idea about the frequency of this name, see the two links below (assuming you know where West Frisia and North Frisia are located in both countries):

http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/nvb/populariteit/naam/Ane (West Frisia)

http://gen-evolu.de/vorn.php?fan=Ane&rel=0 (North Frisia)

Note that in the link provided for West Frisia, the popularity rankings listed reflect The Netherlands as a whole, not the province of Friesland (i.e. West Frisia) only. However, some Frisian first names are so typically Frisian, that they are hardly used outside Friesland, so then it *is* possible to get a pretty good idea of how common they are in Friesland. The thing is, though, one would have to be a Dutchman knowledgeable about Frisian names, or a Frisian living in Friesland or elsewhere in The Netherlands, to gauge which Frisian name is hardly used outside Friesland (and thus whether its popularity rankings on the website of The Meertens Instituut mostly reflect those of Friesland). But fortunately, I can tell you that Ane is mostly seen in Friesland itself - its (also masculine) variant Anne is much more common outside Friesland (i.e. In the rest of The Netherlands), so the popularity rankings listed for Ane will indeed give a fair idea of how common the name is in Friesland itself.

For the German link, please note that the link does not make a distinction in gender when it comes to the name's popularity - so it's impossible to tell how many of those Ane's are actually male, and how many of them are actually female (with Ane being a variant of Anne in their case). The male and female bearers have simply been lumped together.
-- Lucille  9/19/2010

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