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See also: dane and Däne



From Danish Daner (Danes), from Old Norse Danir. Replaced native Old English Dene. Both forms ultimately descend from Proto-Germanic *daniz.



Dane (plural Danes)

  1. A person from Denmark or of Danish descent.
  2. (historical) A member of the Danes, a Germanic tribe inhabiting the Danish islands and parts of southern Sweden.


  • (person from Denmark): Danish

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  1. A surname for someone who came from Denmark, also a variant of Dean.
    • 1913 Harry Leon Wilson, Bunker Bean, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2008, ISBN 0554347148, page 13
      Often he wrote good ones on casual slips and fancied them his; names like Trevellyan or Montressor or Delancey, with musical prefixes; or a good, short, beautiful, but dignified name like "Gordon Dane". He liked that one. It suggested something.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname, or from the ethnic term Dane (like Scott or Norman).
    • 1977 Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds, Gramercy Books 1998, ISBN 0517201658, pages 432-433
      "I'm going to call him Dane."
      "What a queer name! Why? Is it an O'Neill family name? I thought you were finished with the O'Neills."
      "It's got nothing to do with Luke. This is his name, no one else's. - - - I called Justine Justine simply because I liked the name, and I'm calling Dane Dane for the same reason."
      "Well, it does have a nice ring to it," Fee admitted.