Thane name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Thane

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  1. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Thane means "Lord, Laird, Landowner".
  2. A submission from Canada says the name Thane means "Lord, titled land owner, old English spelling Theign".
  3. A user from Philippines says the name Thane means "Handsome".
  4. According to a user from Germany, the name Thane means "Henchman, follower".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Thane
A dignitary under the Anglo-Saxons and Danes in England. Of these there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place.

Note: ☞ Among the ancient Scots, thane was a title of honor, which seems gradually to have declined in its significance.

Etymology: OE. thein þein, AS. þegen þegn; akin to OHG. degan a follower, warrior, boy, MHG. degen a hero, G. degen hero, soldier, Icel. þegn a thane, a freeman; probably akin to Gr. te`knon a child, ti`ktein to bear, beget, or perhaps to Goth. þius servant, AS. þeów, G. dienen to serve

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)
  2. A feudal lord or baron

From Middle English thane, thein, theign, from Old English þæġn, þeġen, þegn, from Proto-Germanic *þegnaz (“man, warrior”), from Proto-Indo-European *teke- (“to give birth”); akin to Dutch degen, German Degen, Old Norse þegn and Ancient Greek τέκνον (téknon, “child”).

  1. (historical) A rank of nobility in pre-Norman England, roughly equivalent to baron.

Notable Persons Named Thane

Notable Persons Named Thane

Thane Maynard

Thane Camus

Thane Camus is a tv personality. Thane was given the name Thane Alexander Camus on November 27th, 1970.

Thane Bettany

Thane Bettany is an actor. Thane was born on May 28th, 1929 in Sarawak.

Thane Rosenbaum

Thane Rosenbaum is a novelist, essayist, law professor, and director of the forum on law, culture & society., and list of essayists. Thane was born in 1960 in New York City, New York, United States.

Thane Baker

Thane Baker is an athlete. Thane was born on October 4th, 1931 in Elkhart, Kansas, U.S.

Thane Gash

Thane Gash is a football player for the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. He was most active from 1988 to 1993. Thane was born on September 1st, 1965 in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

  • Thane Campbell
    Premier of Prince Edward Island

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thane

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thane

Lucy Thane

Amanda Louise Thane

Amanda was born on December 18th, 1953 in Taree, New South Wales. She died on September 1st, 2012.

Barlett L. Thane

Barlett was born on August 26th, 1877. He passed away on November 7th, 1927.

Russell T. Thane

Russell was born on July 14th, 1926 in Denver.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thane U.S.
  White 85.94% 64.26%
  African American 4.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thane

People with the last name Thane are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Thane

  • How Popular is the name Thane? Thane is the 6,282nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Thane was the 48,628th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thane have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,367 babies born with the first name Thane in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thane to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Thane? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Thane first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thane is Sunday, February 29th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Thane born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thane was in 2015 with a total of 58 babies.
  • Random Thane Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thane is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Thane: The name spelled backwards is Enaht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Netha. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thane? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 434 people with the last name Thane.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thane? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Thane as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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