Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Zane

There are three potential meanings for the masculine name Zane. For one, Zain and Zayn are transcriptions of the Arabic زين which means “grace, beauty”. Zayin, Zain and Zayn are all transcriptions for the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet (as well as other Semitic languages such as Aramaic and Phoenician). In fact, the Greeks took this letter from the Phoenicians for their own letter Zeta (Z). From this perspective Zayin or Zain means “seventh” in Hebrew. Lastly, Zane is merely a surname-turned-first-name borne by author Zane Grey (b. Pearl Zane Grey, Zane being his mother’s maiden name). The origin of this surname is unknown. Zane’s entrance onto the popularity graphs in the United States (1921) coincides with the fame of American author Zane Grey (1872-1939) whose works idealized the Old West. Therefore Zane is often considered a very American name.

All About the Baby Name – Zane

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME ZANE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME ZANE

The name Zane first appears on the Top 1000 most popular boys’ names graph in the United States in 1921. In that year, the name enters into position #928 (i.e., low popularity). In the course of the next 90 years, the name reaches its highest point of popularity in year 2003 when it hits the #220 spot. In other words, this name is mildly popular, but has definitely been making up ground consistently over the years – jumping about 100 spots from the 1990’s to the 2000’s. It’s easy, breezy sound makes it an appealing choice for many parents.

Quick Facts

ON ZANE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

1

RANKING POPULARITY:

215

PRONUNCIATION:

ZAYN

SIMPLE MEANING:

Uncertain

Characteristics

OF ZANE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Zane

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ZANE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Zane

Popular Songs

ON ZANE

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Zane


Famous People

NAMED ZANE

Zane Grey (author)

Children of Famous People

NAMED ZANE

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Zane

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ZANE

Zane Grey was a popular American author who wrote of adventures in the Old West. He was born Pearl Zane Grey in Zanesville, OH but later dropped his first name favoring his middle. Zanesville, Ohio was actually founded by his maternal ancestor. As a boy, Zane was engaged in every possible physical activity from horseback riding to fishing to hunting, and eventually received a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania for baseball. Afterwards, like his father, he followed a career in dentistry. But alas, the outdoors called. He successfully wrote extensively and passionately about his love for adventures and became most famous for his work, “Riders of the Purple Sage” (1921).