Quick Facts on Lane
- English, French, Irish
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Path, wool or warrior
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lane
Lane is the transferred use of an English surname with English, French and Irish roots. There are three possible etymological sources for this name. One, and the most obvious, is that Lane was derived from a topographical name which indicated a person dwelling in or around a narrow passageway between hedges or banks (from the Olde English “lanu” meaning ‘path, lane’). Secondly, the name could be derived from the French word “laine” meaning ‘wool’ –a surname with occupational origins to signify a person who worked in wool. Finally, Lane could come from the Irish-Gaelic “O’Luain” meaning ‘descendent of the warrior’. The first recorded spelling of the surname Lane came in the 12th century. The first name Lane is primarily considered male but it has been occasionally used for females.
Popularity of the Name Lane
Lane made a brief appearance on the U.S. popularity charts at the end of the 19th century but pretty much disappeared until the 1930s. Over the past several decades and now as we enter the 21st century, we can see that the name Lane has reached a position of moderate usage in the United States. It’s a sweet and simple choice – another example of a snappy, one-syllable name. This name is neither particularly masculine nor feminine so it seems to work on either gender. However, it is far more popular for boys and therefore considered more of a male name. As a parent, there is something you should consider when selecting this name: it’s ripe for schoolyard bullying, such as “Lame Lane” or “Insane Lane”. This is a name that eventually grows on you, but there’s something about it that lacks pizzazz and substantial interest, although it does have a certain “preppy” quality. Lane. It’s almost too simplistic – but perhaps therein lies its appeal.
Popularity of the Boy Name Lane
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lane
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lane
Lane Coutell (Franny and Zooey) Lane is the collegiate boyfriend of Franny in J.D. Salinger’s 1961 novella “Franny and Zooey”. His character juxtaposes her own existential crisis – he is the epitome of the vapid Ivy League student – name-dropping, bragging, intellectual phony who is completely clueless over the enormity of Franny’s spiritual crisis and is more concerned about eating his escargot and frog-legs, making the Yale-Princeton football game on time, and being seen in public with the beautiful Franny. The book deals with Salinger’s themes concerning eastern philosophies and finding enlightenment. Franny’s relationship with Lane serves to cast a spotlight on the emptiness of everyday, upper-crust existence.
Popular Songs on Lane
Cherry Lane - a song by Ryan Adams
Crazy Lane - a song by RPWL
Daisy Lane - a song by Stereophonics
Lane to Lane - a song by Youngbloodz [explicit]
Life in the Fast Lane - a song by The Eagles
Penny Lane - a song by the Beatles
The Lane - a song by Ice-T [explicit]
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lane
Lane - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Lane.
Famous People Named Lane
Famous People Named Lane - Lane Brody (singer-songwriter); Lane Carlson (male model); Lane Chandler (actor); Lane Evans (politician); Lane Frost (bull rider); Lane Garrison (actor); Lane Kiffin (football coach); Lane Kirkland (labor union leader); Lane Smith (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Lane
Famous People Who Named Their Child Lane - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lane.
Lane - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lane - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lane.
Personality of the Boy Name Lane
The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change. Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy. This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lane