Quick Facts on Kane
- English, Gaelic, Irish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Kane
Kane is the transferred use of an English surname derived from an old Irish personal name Cathán from the Gaelic “cath” meaning “battle" plus the diminutive suffix “-án” meaning “little battler”. The O’Catháins (O’Kanes) were a prominent Ulster sept in Ireland. There also existed a 6th century Irish Saint Cathán who proselytized Christianity to the Gaelic region of Dál Riata in western Scotland. We also know there was a 9th century Irish abbess named Cathán which seems to indicate the name was given to females as well. The anglicized form of Kane was popularized as a masculine given name starting in the 1960s, primarily in the United States and Australia.
Popularity of the Name Kane
The name Kane did not appear on the American male naming charts until 1986 and it took a few years for this one to stick. The name saw some of its biggest pops in usage in the early 1990s, perhaps influenced by rapper Big Daddy Kane who won a Grammy in 1991. Kane saw another jump in the charts between 2007 and 2008 which we think was owed to a popular wrestler named Kane. Today the name seems to be leveling off at lower than average positions on the charts. Kane is a simplistic, one-syllable masculine name. It could be an alternate choice for parents who like the sound of the name Cain but don’t care for the negative associations of the Biblical Cain & Abel story. Kane is definitely a minimalistic name, but sweet when you think about “candy Kanes” and “sugar Kanes”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Kane
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Kane
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Kane
Charles Foster Kane (Citizen Kane) Citizen Kane is the 1941 movie, directed by and starring Orson Welles, which was nominated for several Academy Awards, and is regarded by scholarly sources as the greatest film ever made. Purportedly based in large part upon the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, that gentleman gave fuel to the rumor when he forbade mention of the film in any of his newspapers. The character of Kane, while self-absorbed and manipulative, is ultimately a synonym for the devastating effects of the removal of love from a human being. Kane is given over to guardianship by his mother when he is only eight years old, and it seems his entire life is devoted to regaining that ineffable gift back again – the love of the mother. Kane attains great wealth and power, amasses properties and possessions, may have any woman he desires – there is nothing beyond his reach, except, of course, that which must be given freely – the love of one human being for another. At the end of this magnificent movie, as Kane lies dying, his last word is “Rosebud” – the name of his beloved sled from childhood, a symbol of all that has been lost and will now never be recovered. One longs to rip away the years and take the little child in hand and start all over again for him.
Popular Songs on Kane
Citizen Kane - a song by The Byrds
DJ Kane - a song by Mc Magic
It's Hard Being the Kane - a song by Big Daddy Kane
Kane - a song by Ringside
Long Live the Kane - a song by Big Daddy Kane
Sugar Kane - a song by Sonic Youth
Warm It Up, Kane - a song by Big Daddy Kane
Wrath of Kane - a song by Big Daddy Kane
Children's Books on the Baby Name Kane
The Kane Chronicles, Book One: Red Pyramid: The Graphic Novel (Rick Riordan) - Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near-strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, Carter has traveled the world with their father, the famed Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane. One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together to the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives. Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that all the gods of Egypt are waking, and that Set now has his sights on them. To stop him, the duo embarks on a dangerous journey across the globe, one that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and its connection to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs. The heart-stopping action and magic explode off the page in The Red Pyramid, The Graphic Novel, based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Rick Riordan. Box sets available of all books in this series. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Kane
Famous People Named Kane - Big Daddy Kane (rapper); Kane Davis (baseball player); Kane Hodder (actor who played Jason in several of the Friday the 13th movies); Kane Richmond (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Kane
Famous People Who Named Their Son Kane - Glen Campbell (country music singer)
Kane - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Kane - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Kane.
Personality of the Boy Name Kane
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Kane