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Zane is also a very popular female name in Latvia, a short form of German Susanne.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2005
Zane is a character in Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's Kiesha'ra series. The character is awesome and he looks pretty hot on the cover. The books are good.
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2005
This is another version of the name John.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2005
When I think of Zane I have this image of a very tough, macho, confident guy on a motorcycle, an action hero basically. Think Vin Diesel.
-- Anonymous User  9/17/2005
Zane Grey (or Gray?) is an author of Western novels.
-- breakofday  12/16/2005
I think it's probable that the origin of Zane as a surname was England, not Denmark. In Zane Grey's family there was the family legend that their first American ancestor was from "Danish nobility", but as far as I know there is no real evidence for that and the original Zane settler in New Jersey, Robert Zane, is described in genealogical records as having been born in Devonshire, England, and moving to New Jersey after spending a few years in Dublin, Ireland. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  6/11/2006
This name ROCKS! I like the fact it starts with a "Z". I don't like a lot of Z names but I like this one. It does give off a hint of this wild child but a likeable one. I like it!
-- Anonymous User  6/22/2006
I am distantly related to Zane Grey (whose full name was Pearl Zane Grey - I can see why he went by Zane), so I have gotten used to it over the years. It is still rather a nice name (there aren't a lot of great "Z" names) in my opinion, although the word "zany" comes to mind. But that wouldn't deter me from using this name as a middle name someday.
-- Pheadirean  7/26/2006
Zane is a cool name for a boy, I love it.
-- Anonymous User  9/27/2006
Zane is an old name in our family line. It's been passed down in first or middle names. Oddly enough both my grandfather's first names started with Zane. They are both two different people as well. Alike, they are strong men, and protectors of those they love. My brother was given Zane as a middle name. To honor the name, my husband and I are passing it on to our boy.
-- Lexx7007  12/28/2006
Zane is a cool name. It's very strong and spirited.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
My first name is Zane (pronounced Zanair) and I am a first generation FEMALE Australian - my name originated from Latvia and although it has been listed in your namesday calendar for Latvia I was dissapointed to read all the comments stating that it is a 'masculine' name and an English boys name with no real bearing on its original heritage and/or meaning. I think I have a beautiful and unique name (when pronounced correctly!) and would love to find out more of it's history.
-- zedbubbles  4/2/2007
I thought Zane was an Australian name.
-- Clodagh  4/9/2007
In the books Pretties and Specials (by Scott Westerfeld), Zane is a major character.
-- Elphaba  4/25/2007
The name Zane is most often considered to be of English or Welsh origin and a variant of John. It has relatives in Sean and Ian of the same region (the British Isles).
-- Morinoore  6/25/2007
Zane is an author of erotica.
-- Anonymous User  7/31/2007
Zane is an uncommon Greek first name from the Cycladic Island of Andros. Locals there say it descended with the Carpathic Mountain tribes who settled in the Aegean sometime around 1200 BC (if I'm not mistaken). The name has always had strong roots on Andros and conquerors like the Athenians, Byzantines (as Christians), Genoese and others couldn't eliminate it.
-- Zane Katsikis  11/9/2007
Although I usually hate names that start with or are pronounced with a stressed 'z', I rather like this name. It sounds cool, and it is simpler than Xavier. I could imagine using this as a middle name for Ewan, assuming I'll ever get a chance to use those names, as it's not legal over here to use foreign names unless one of the parents is foreign.
-- slight night shiver  5/13/2008
My son is named Zane and he is the only boy in his preschool class with a "Z" name! I think it is a great, strong name.
-- Daisy Miller  7/28/2008
Zane is the main character in the book On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony, the first book in Incarnations of Immortality. He's a young man who is about to commit suicide, but when he sees the Incarnation of Death walking through the door to collect him, he instead shoots and kills Death. He is then forced to become the Incarnation of Death. He was kind of a nothing man, but became a quite extraordinary Death. It's a great book! Zane was the perfect name for him. I really like the name Zane.
-- harry_sent_me  10/13/2008
I know a guy in my grade named Zane, but it's spelled Zayne.
-- lizard  1/10/2009
Zane Lowe (born Alexander Zane Wilberforce Reid Lowe) is a DJ and TV presenter who presents an evening show in BBC Radio 1.
-- x__isa  9/1/2009
I believe Zane also has the meaning "beloved."
-- SummerSerenades  10/8/2009
Zane is a variation of the name "John," and it also shares its meaning.

Its meaning is "God is Gracious."
-- Anonymous User  11/23/2009
Zane sounds like an alien name - seriously - you'll be up for teasing!
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2010
Zane is such a great name! A character in the tv show Euraka is named this and he is very good looking and a little mischievious. Love this name!
-- CrystalJean  8/7/2010
I love the name Zane! It makes me think of a fun guy with a happy, open personality. Too cute :)
-- Nina.Matau  1/17/2011
I have an inexplicable fondness for most 'Z' names. I think Zachary Zane would be a cool first/middle name combo.
-- mrose19  7/21/2011
Zane is also a character on the SyFy show "Eureka".
-- GibsonGirl  8/27/2011
I first encountered this name about 10 years ago. I always thought it was a very unusual name. I have only met one person with this name and had not heard of it being used again until SyFy introduced the character of "Zane" on the show Eureka.
-- GibsonGirl  8/27/2011
Zane is a form of John.
-- Anonymous User  11/30/2011
Zane is also a Latvian feminine name, a short form of Zuzanna. According to the Population Register of Latvia (PMLP) there are 5383 women in Latvia called Zane.
-- overtheclouds  10/8/2012
I heard that Zane was an Olde English derivation of John.
-- fillyo4  2/18/2013
The name Zane is based on the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is alternatively spelled Zayin, Zayn, Zein and Zain. It is a common Arabic and Hebrew name.
-- Anonymous User  4/10/2013
This name gives me the impression of a strong, quiet, kind little boy. The meaning "God is gracious"--from John--is a great meaning, and I would consider this name if I didn't already like Zaina...
-- Cece Quincy  10/10/2013
My wife's maiden name is Zane, and having invested much time searching for the origin of her name, I believe I have finally found it in writings of Diane J. Nichols. Her email address is recorded at the end of this article.

It seems that the Zane name originated in Venice, Italy and is thought to have originally Vipsani of the family of Rome in about 966.

Giacomo Zabarella wrote a history of this house, calling it Il Magnificio. In this book he carries the origins of the house back to the Vipsania House (Gente Vipsania) or Bipzania of Rome, which he traces back to the ancient kings of the euganei, descendants of the companions of Hercules, who, chased from their state of Antenore of Troy, arrived at Padua. For the splendor of their clear intellects they came to be called Living Euganei, i.e. to say Noblemen. This name degenerated into Vipsani. (Just read Zabarella, who tells us that from the Vipsani are descended the Vizzuni, nobles of Bologna, builders of the Castle there. I mention all this because the Vipzanii, and then the Vizzani, who in 966 were created nobles (Cattani) by the emperor Otto the Great, are said in the Chronology of the Noble Families of that city (Bologna) to have come into Italy with the emperor.) Well, whatever is the origin of the Gente Vipsania, we have it for certain that it eventually settled in Padua and in the province of Venice, where they long held important government posts. From that area the family moved into Rome in the person of Lucio Vipsania. He was described and numbered among the citizens of that august Metropolis. More than once he was consul and tribune……. One can certainly believe that the Zani of Venice are descended from the Vipsani of Rome, but on the basis of the historical evidence it cannot be categorically affirmed, since it is difficult, if not impossible, to establish with certitude things that took place so long ago. Having however just this evidence Crescenti in the second volume of his Nobilita d’Italia, in the fourth narration, while speaking of the Zani of Piacenza, who are related to those of Venice, says that they came to that city with the Roman colonists before the birth of Jesus Christ, and there are those who even today sustain that view. And in the Val di Zove, district of Piacenza, there are Zuliarno, or Zuliano, Ziano or Ziliano, and Ziana. The Abbot Gammunni, in the first volume of his Genealogical History, while treating fo the Zani of Bologna, records that one of the Zani was one of Justinian’s Generals..... (section on possible relationship of Zani, of Venice to Zani of Bologna)> Finally Bernardo Zane, a Venetian nobleman, wrote in 1488 to Vulpiano Zane, a celebrated lawyer of Bologna these words? “We are from the same house and family.” The Zani, therefore, lived in Padua. When that city was destroyed by the furor of Attila, King of Hungary, they went with their bishop Revaulo to Malomoco, where they made their residence. There they constructed great buildings and were for a long time tribunes. Also Domenico Martinelli in his Rit atto de Venezia, speaking of the church of St. Francis of the Vigna, which was begun by this family, says that they came into the lagune because of the persecution of Attila. They exercised then the tribunate of the islands of Heraclea and of Torcello, and indeed of all the islands. But at the time of the invasion of the French they retreated to the Rialto. Noting their departure from Padua, the above mentioned Zabarella wrote thus: The family of the Zani of Venice is not only among the most ancient, but once called de’Zainii, they lived in the city of Padua, but they left it for fear of the Lombards. They went to the island of Exquilinia (?), and thence to Torcello, and finally to Venice. In those centuries, and especially in the ancient Venetian tongue, one finds names like Ziatqa, Sanii, Ciani, Giani and Giovanni, all words derived from the word Vipsani, as wrote Zabarella.... We must never put in doubt that the surname Ziani, identified with some of the most conspicuous deeds in Venetian history, is not the same as Zane and of the very same family, as many authors testify."

Therefore, the Zane's were among the Doges of Venice and a Zane was responsible for bringing in and erecting the beautiful columns around the Piazza San Marco in Venice. I have been unable, so far, to obtain a copy of the above quoted Manuscript in it's entirety.

Research credit to Diane J. Nichols
-- rridgway  7/26/2014
It's of Arabic origin. Means "beauty, grace". Written as زين.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2014
My immediate thought is that it sounds exactly like "sane". People are gonna hear "Hi, I'm sane!"... which isn't bad, but still.
-- Zanizaila  12/2/2014
My name is Zane, and I am female from Latvija, and my name meaning I believe is from Hebrew, gift of God! [noted -ed]
-- ZANEBIELE  10/1/2015
This actually is one of my least favorite names. It sounds way too modern and cold, in my opinion. I wouldn't ever think of naming anything this.
-- Anonymous User  10/8/2015

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