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Quick Facts on Shane

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 257
Simple meaning:
God's gracious gift

Characteristics of Shane

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Shane

Shane represents the Northern Irish pronunciation of the Irish name Seán. The name Sean, in turn, is the Irish form of the English name John which is derived from the French Jean. The original French form (Jean) was brought to Ireland by way of the Norman Invasion in the Middle Ages and quickly adopted into the form of Seán, but also Seón and Seaghán. In Scotland, the name was transformed into Ian. Interestingly, in the south of Ireland, the name is pronounced “shawn” but the Northern Irish elocution is more typically “Shane.” The name Shane still appears on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in both Ireland and Northern Ireland, but it’s more popular in Ireland today (even though it originated out of Northern Ireland). Occasionally the name Shane is given to girls, but for the most part, Shane is considered a male name. It is also sometimes thought to be the masculine form of the Yiddish female name “Shayna” which means ‘beautiful.’

Popularity of the Name Shane

The name Shane first appeared on the U.S. naming charts for boys in 1953. No coincidence, this was the year that the movie “Shane” was released – a classic, award-winning American West film based off a 1949 novel of the same name. As a result, the name Shane debuted on the charts from nowhere at an impressive position of #523. Even as the novel/movie was fading from the memories of the America public, the name sure didn’t. Shane stuck to the charts and held on with an iron grip. By 1969, the name was a Top 100 favorite for boys. The height of Shane’s popularity came in the mid-1970s when it very nearly became a Top 50 choice. Nonetheless, Shane stayed on the Top 100 list for over 25 years until finally falling off in 1995. Shane has been experiencing backward momentum since the turn of the 21st century, but it’s still hanging in there. Shane is an easy, breezy, one-syllable choice; a name that’s easy to say and easy to spell. It has an individual “cool guy” quality that matches the lone mysterious stranger from the novel/movie. Shane is a great alternative to the traditional and more “ho-hum” name John. It’s a modern variation of Sean while retaining the same Gaelic roots. Shane is indeed a “gracious gift” from above.
Popularity of the Boy Name Shane
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Shane

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Shane

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Shane

    Shane (Shane) Shane is the title character of Jack Schaefer’s 1949 novel, Shane, but most people’s image of Shane is that of the iconic figure played by Alan Ladd in the 1953 Paramount western directed by George Stevens. Shane, a stranger, arrives in a territory of Wisconsin that is going through conflict between the cattle barons (black hats) and the homesteaders (white hats). He, a crack gunslinger and experienced cowboy, becomes involved in the battle on behalf of the homesteaders, especially for the sake of the Starrett family, for whom he works as a farmhand. He eventually steps in to single-handedly win the battle for the side of Good, and rides off into the sunset. We are left, like the young Starrett son, with a sense of having been in the presence of contained greatness, bereft at losing him, and better for having known him.

  • Popular Songs on Shane

    Popular Songs on Shane

    All About Shane - a song by Subb

    Shane - a song by Liz Phair [explicit]

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Shane

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Shane

    Shane (Jack Schaefer) - A stranger who call himself Shane drifts into an isolated valley in the sparsely settled territory of Wyoming in this story of the old west. It soon becomes apparent that he is a gunslinger, and he finds himself drawn into a conflict between simple homesteader Joe Starrett and powerful cattle baron Luke Fletcher, who wants to force Starrett and every other homesteader in the valley off the land. Shane accepts a job as a farmhand, but finds Starrett's young son Bob drawn to him for his strength and skill with a gun. The novel has sold over 6 million copies in over 80 editions in more than 30 languages. The resulting movie rendition remains the ultimate statement of the legend of the American West. Young Bob Starrett watched the lone rider make his way slowly across the valley toward the cluster of small farms. "Call me Shane," he said. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Shane's Game (James Hennessy) - James Kelly is a natural athlete who lives to play Little League baseball. His new friend Shane loves animals and the ocean, but is not a "cool" kid, and doesn't fit into James' social group. Together, the two boys learn about the importance of character, the difficulties of peer acceptance and confronting their innermost fears.When tragedy strikes, James makes a promise to his friend Shane - a promise that takes all of his skills as a player and strength he never knew he possessed. Along the way, James finds the lessons he learned from his friend help in his efforts to deliver on his promise, and to get on with his life in the face of a tragic loss. Inspired by actual events, the story captures a young boy's love of the national pastime and the enduring power of friendship in an unforgettable championship game with an electrifying outcome. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Shane's Mane (Nicole Drumheller Gargus) - Orla loves horses. She helps Grandpa feed his horses every day. But Orla worries that she will never learn to ride a horse, or do anything else that matters -- because she can't even read a book! In the end, it is Shane, a gray horse with a long mane, who has the answer Orla is looking for. Beautifully illustrated with more than 70 color photographs, Shane's Mane is a timeless story of the adventure of life from an author with a firsthand knowledge of life on a small horse farm. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Shane

    Famous People Named Shane

    Famous People Named Shane - Shane Acker (filmmaker); Shane Battier (basketball player); Shane Alexander (English Earl); Shane Carwin (American MMA fighter); Shayne Corson (hockey player); Shane Doan (hockey player); Shane Dorian (professional surfer); Shane Filan (Irish pop singer); Shane MacGowan (singer/songwriter with The Pogues); Shane Matthews (football player); Shane Reynolds (baseball player); Shane Sparks (hip-hop choreographer); Shane Victorino (baseball player); Shane West (actor); Shane McMahon (wrestling promoter)

  • Children of Famous People Named Shane

    Children of Famous People Named Shane

    Famous People who Named their Son Shane - Kevin Sorbo (actor); Mackenzie Phillips (actress); Sinéad O'Connor (musician); Vince McMahon (wrestling promoter)

  • Historic Figures

    Shane - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Shane - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Shane.

Personality of the Boy Name Shane

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Shane

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