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This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Shane in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Shane:

  • Records indicate that 181,185 boys in the United States have been named Shane since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1973, when 5,703 people in the U.S. were given the name Shane. Those people are now 47 years old.

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      41 Positive Comments

  • "I have a friend named Shane and he is the most amazing person ever. When I met him I immediately fell in love with his beautiful name. It really is a strong name and it just sounds like the person is reliable if they are named Shane. I would really recommend this name for a baby boy." Dec. 30, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yeah I spell it (or my parents spelled it Shain) And I feel a strong brotherhood with other Shanes with the whole being called Sean thing and the Shain the Pain thing. Whenever I meet another Shane/Shain/Shayne I bring it up and we share a connection. If any of us ear someone say "Sean" we turn around and just assume they're calling us. lol #justshanethings" May. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, but I hate being called Sean/Shaun/Shawn, especially by people who have known me for my whole life. It happens." Jan. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane. The older I get (43 now) the more I like it. I was named after the Alan Ladd movie. Used to really torque me growing up when people would say, "come back Shane, come back! Pa's got things for you to do!" Or they would call me Shane the Pain but the biggest gripe I have is that everyone, even people who've knon me (and my name) for years always call me Shawn. I've asked Shawns but it seems they never get called Shane. I don't know why people are so dumb." Oct. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is shane but I spell it Sheyne. I love my name and I will always keep it. It makes me feel unique (I'm a girl)." Feb. 24, 2013: Report as inappropriate


  • "my name isa shane and it is awesome i am the only one in the school with that name" Feb. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beautiful name. ?? The guy I love is named Shane & if I ever have a son, I'll be naming him Shane for sure. ??" Sep. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi! My name is Shane and I'm a girl... When I try to check/search my name to the internet... they said that most of the people who use this name was a boy but I don't think so because here in my country (Philippines) Shane is a common name for a girl. I have a schoolmate too named Shane and a girl too, like me. Having this name make me feel unique. But sometimes people misspell my name like Shaine, Shayne and sometimes they call me Shan and its irritate me..." May. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name shane i gave this name to my first born and he is the most easy going fella i know cool out and definately a mans man." Apr. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane. Dad liked the old Alan Ladd movie. Was embarrassing at times when I was in elementary school, and the P.E. Teacher would yell "Shane come back, Shane please come back." Most of the other kids didn't know what he was saying that for. As for being called Shawn, That happens, However I am quick to correct the person on how to say it and they usually appreciate it. I celebrate my "Name Day" as they do in Greece on March 1st! So if you ever felt left out that you didn't get a "Name Day" Those named Shane have their very own "Name Day" now every March 1st!" Apr. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "hey my name is Shane thanks for all the comments and yes it does irritate me wen people call me Shawn or sheen o i forgot shane is the best name : ] x)" Feb. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like my name. it is shane. but i always get called shawn by people and its annoying becuase thats my dads name. and his dads name is john. but other than that i like it." Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first son's name is Shane born in 1999 - named after the 1942 Western "Shane" (dad's a huge western fan...). I've only ran across a few other Shane's - not very common - but a very strong male name. I have met a Shayne...girl, though! And a Shayna." Dec. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm the only person named Shane that I see on a regular basis. I am often called Shawn instead of Shane (especially by senior citizens). It doesn't help that I have an uncle named Shawn!" Dec. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son Shane was a miracle baby! Dr. said we'd NEVER have kids... three weeks later our Shane was conceived! "God is gracious?" You're not kidding!" Aug. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 51 year old female named shane. Every one expects a fella when they phone or meet me. That does not bother me but when they call me sean my teeth grind" Jul. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born on October 4,2008 and I wanted to give him something unique an identity that truely said individual. The name Shane seemed to fit the bill, and reading thru the blogs most said it was meant as "john" or "god is gracious" or "gift from god" I chose the name because I read that its meaning was "beloved" And like a few others he is my miracle child, so the name suits him well. Definitely love his name for a boy :)" Oct. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name. It's short, and generally just sounds good. My father chose it because he liked the sound of it. Of course I hated the way people would pick on it by saying 'Shane the pain' or refer to the book Shane, but I wouldn't change my name." Oct. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daugher Shayne who was born in 1999. We love the name. Her middle name is Marie. We get lots of compliments on it. She loves it. I am glad we didn't choose a boring common name." Sep. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave a lot of thought to naming my firstborn and am happy to say I chose the name Shane for my son. First of all, the name means God's grace - what can beat that? Besides having this wonderful meaning, the name also has the cool factor to it. It's unique and not trendy that'll get dated. Didn't want to name my son another Joshua or Ethan. But most of all, I love that it means God's grace." Jul. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I gave a lot of thought to naming my firstborn and am happy to say I chose the name Shane for my son. First of all, the name means God's grace - what can beat that? Besides having this wonderful meaning, the name also has the cool factor to it. It's unique and not trendy that'll get dated. Didn't want to name my son another Joshua or Ethan. But most of all, I love that it means God's grace." Jul. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husbands name is Shane and I just love his name. I think it's unique and a very nice (and kinda sexy!!) name. He gets called Shawn a lot though which bugs us both! The only real problem with his name is that his last name is Johnson and Shane is a form of Shawn which is a form of John so he always teases his dad that he named him "John Johnson". His parents didn't realize that it was a form of John when they named him that. It's a wonderful name and I also love it for a girl!!!" Jul. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm a female Shane as well, born in Canada in1972 and named after Shane Gould, the 1972 Australian Olympic Swimming Champion. i love my name- it's strong. people tend to say they love the name shane for a girl, though i have never met another woman with my name. there's a character in the movie "some kind of wonderful" called Shayne and also lorenzo lamas' daughter- but they both spell it with a "y". i like to say, 'no "y", just plain shane like the cowboy!'" Jun. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Shane i think i do the name justice its great i didn't know any Shane's growing up seems to be a rare name." Jun. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am just on 60 years old - I've always felt VERY comfortable with my name. Met two others around my age when at school but none since then. Often get called Sean so I respond to that also. It's a great name & seems to get a positve response during introductions" Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Shane is an great As a kid I always wanted to be a Jason but eventually the name just grew on me. And like everyone says its a rare name, When I hear my name called I know they mean me. There is no Shane #2 in my group, unlike the andrews in my group of friends." Apr. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm married to a Shane & I think it's a really sexy name! Uncommon but people still know how to spell it (unlike mine.)" Mar. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My boyfriend is the first Shane I've ever met, and I instantly feel in love with him, and his name :)" Oct. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "im the first one in Denmark, who were named Shane. A lot of danish people does spell it wong, and have trouble to say it :)." Aug. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shane is my baby brother. He was born in sectember 2006" May. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane. I absolutely love my name. I like everything about it. I believe it suits me very well and i think i give the name a good .. name. hahaha I recommend SHANE being used for any baby born. The name brings good karma." Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name so much that when my third child is born I dont know what to do. If its a boy, we are definetly naming him Shane Patrick, but if its a girl, I still kinda want to use the name. I was thinking of Shaine or just Shane.. not sure if this is appropriate. Would love to get a response from others on it." Jan. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane and I'm currently 21. I really really like it and always have, however I don't like the 'Shayne' alternate spelling, or when it's used for females. Often I get Shawn, but it's something I'm used to. Most other Shanes in my area that I've briefly met were jerks, but I wouldn't say that for everybody. Worst I got was 'Shane the brain' or 'Shane's insane' back in elementary school, but I was uber nerdy and I'm probably a bit insane. Never seen the movie, but it's been on my 'to do' list for a while. I like the Irish/Western duality of the name and I just think it sounds neat." Jan. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was younger, I wanted a less unique name. "Matt," or "Tom," or something like that. As I've grown older, I've come to appreciate not being one of the "Tom, Dick, or Harry's" of the world. Unfortunately I still get confused with "Shawn," and "Shannon." Oddest spelling of the name I've seen was "Shaynie." Unfortunately (for elementary school age) it rhymes with "pain."" Oct. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is shane and i think its a good name because its quite a rare name around my area so when someone says shane they pretty much know they talking about me" Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shane is my daughter's name. she's nine. It's my favorite name in the whole world!" Sep. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a son named Shane, I loved the name after I saw Alan Ladd in the movie by the same name I have fifteen children, and my middle one is Shane." Apr. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have been a Shane in the UK for over 28 years :) Apart from getting called "Shaun" alot by people whom seem to have a problem remembering your name (this happens alot - to a stage where i answer if someone calls me Shaun). Shane is a very unique name. Again apart from the childhood taunts of "Shane, Shane, dont leave me Shane"... As i was unfortunate to be born in the seventies, Shane the western was very popular, however all the new Shanes who are born in the 80's, 90's & 00's no longer get this really tiring taunt. Hehe although there is still "Shane the pain, went to spain, in a super aero... plane"." Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is 6 months old and his name is Shane, shane means god is gracious he is a gift from god. His name is just perfect for him." Mar. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my son's name. "Shane", to me, has always had a surfer sound to it which fits our family. He is now 13 and we hear the name alot these days. There were two other kids in kindergarten named Shane, when he was little. I wish I would have changed the spelling a little to make it a little unique!" May. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I don't like the name Shane. It is silly, what kind of a sound is that. Its a lisp followed by an 'N'" Jun. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      22 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Shane. I was born in 1941. I've never found an older Shane. Author of the novel was near my home town." May. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane and I love my name and I will be 35 this year" Jul. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shayne I love the way my name is spelled. I don't think I ever met another Shane in real life I rarely see it in movies even! My whole life people call me Shaun and it's such a pet peeve of mine because I feel like Shayne/Shane/Shaun is such a unique name! I'm glad to hear im not the only one called Shawn. Why is that such a weird phenomenon, even family members have slipped up and said that its so weird haha" Nov. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "A very unique name, it began its popularity in the 1950's after a valiant soldier named Shane O'Neill helped wort off attacks from Queen Elizabeth in northwest Ireland. I'm a male Shane, born in 1985. My mom named me after a boy she had in her kindergarten class when she was a teacher. She said it was the only Shane she ever met and she loved the name the moment she heard it. I really like it as well but not for a girl. The name Shane is original enough, you don't need a boy with a "Y" added unnecessarily. And I would have been such a happy child if the only way my name was made fun of was Shane the brain or Shane the pain. I received much harsher names than that. But I still really like my name even though it actually is my middle name it's still the only one my mom calls me by even when mad lol." Nov. 27, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane and I'm a guy, and love it, I hate when people call me shawn tho, had that problem in school a lot. Their was 15 shawns and I was the only Shane,plus I'm the only shane in my family" Dec. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had an older sister named Shane Marie. She lost her fight to cancer at the age of 17. In honor of her I named my second daughter Shane Elise. I think it's a very unique name for a girl." Jul. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Will my name is Shane and I'm thuggin I'm from california but raised in triple d Texas and I'm ay very hansom person will dat all I gat too say I'm the real SHANE.;" May. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is a book called shane.But i usually call it shame." Dec. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shane. I was born and raised in Texas. The name just fits me. Kind, unpredictable, ruthless determination, daring, solid, devout, forgiving. As we say here in Texas: a real square shooter. It's unique enough to haunt ex girlfriend's dreams, and cozy to my soulmate. "Come back, Shane" and he never looks back. That's Shane." Nov. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is mom tried to make it female" Nov. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am also named Shane. My wife and I ended up naming our two sons Sean and Jonathan. Now if only I can find feminine variant (can't use Shawna - it's already taken)" Jan. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a an awesome name. I'm 30 now and am still happy with it. I like that it is not that common. I think it's a strong Irish name." Nov. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Shane is a beautiful boy's name that is not overused or trendy. It has a certain edge to it that makes it very classic. Masculine names are often one-syllabled, and this one is definitely very virile. It's known that a child tends to excel more in school when his name is not one of the bunch; he gets more attention with a unique name and is motivated to do well. I think this name is a gem." Oct. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are Jewish and I needed to name my son after my grandfather, Sam. My husband loved the name Shane but I thought it sounded too Irish. We had problems conceiving and I naturally became pregnant. It was a true miracle. When I read that the Hebrew meaning of the name Shane is "a gift from god" that was enough to convince me. Our little Shane just turned 8 on 8/16." Sep. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always like me name "Shane". I was born at the height of it's popularity in 1972 after my Dad's favorite movie. It certainly holds up over bad 70's male names like Shannon (one of my friends). I got the usual childhood taunts as well "Shane, Come back Shane.", "Shane The Pain", "Shane The Brain" even "Shaney Wayney". I've been called Shawn so many times, I've got where I just ignore it. I still can't see how people can read it wrong, I mean come on, S-H-A-N-E, it's so easy. I've met several other Shane's that are my age, but not many that are younger than me. I like the name so much, I gave it as a middle name for my son." Jul. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Shane is an Irish name. Sean, Shane and Eoin mean John. Eoin is Galeic. Sean is Norman Galeic. Don't know the history of Shane. But it is very popular in northwest Ireland." Mar. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Cool name. I know some kid named shane. smoked a lot of pot but turned out he was a very smart guy. Who knew?" Dec. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • ""I get called Shawn alot by people who know me but can never quite get my name right."" Sep. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We loved the name Shane also but we spell it Shayne to be different. People hear the name and spell it Shane and we have to tell them to put in the y and they think it so cool." Sep. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father named me Shane when I was born in 1969. I didn't run into many other Shane's throughout my school years and still don't. I didn't appreciate it's uniqueness as a child but I do now. When my first daughter was born in 1997 I named her Shayne." May. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a female Shane that was born in 1955. I often receive mail addressed to Mr. Shane ... There was 1 other girl named Shane in our community but I think she spelled it Shayne." Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a friend named Shane and he is one of the funniest people I know. He also really looks out for people. Belive me if you meet a "Shane" He is more than likely to be really nice. (Not always though!)" Dec. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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