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The usage seems to date from the American writer Zane Grey (1875-1939), born Pearl Zane Gray. It was the surname of his mother's family, from Ohio, of unknown meaning.
- Zane is sometimes explained as a form of John because of the resemblance to Shane, or because Italian surnames such as Zanelli and Zanetto derive from Giovanni ( =John).
- A male given name.
- A female given name.