Quick Facts on Layne
- English, Irish
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Path; Wool-worker; Descended from warriors
Etymology & Historical Origin - Layne
Layne is a variant spelling of 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 identified 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 Layne
Layne is a masculine name that’s been around since 1950. It saw super-low to semi-low usage for about 20 years and then dropped off the American Top 1000 list in 1970. Layne resurfaced on the charts in 1994 and has risen back up to semi-low levels once again. As an alternative to Lane, Layne is slightly less popular. Although there’s a feminine form (Laney), Layne also looks a bit girly based on how it’s spelled. Layne is used a lot more readily on baby boys than girls, although the name feels rather gender-neutral to the average American ear. There are three potential etymologies given for this name, so you can choose your own “path”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Layne
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Layne
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Layne
Layne We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Layne.
Popular Songs on Layne
Arnold Layne - a song by Pink Floyd
Layne - a song by Staind
Children's Books on the Baby Name Layne
Layne at Home (Aly Mancini) - Layne loves her friend Olivia even if Olivia only has one Mom! In this story little Layne learns about different types of families and how her family is hers forever. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Famous People Named Layne
Famous People Named Layne - Layne Staley (lead singer for Alice in Chains); Layne Beachley (female pro surfer); Layne Flack (professional poker player); Layne Beaubien (Olympic water polo player); Layne Ulmer (hockey player); Layne Tom Jr. (actor); Layne Redmond (female drummer)
Children of Famous People Named Layne
Famous People Who Named Their Son Layne - Lars Ulrich (Danish-born musician, founding member and drummer for Metallica)
Layne - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Layne - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Layne.
Personality of the Boy Name Layne
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Layne