- Shane (name)
Infobox Given Name Revised
name = Shane
gender = Male
meaning = "God is gracious"
related names = John, Seán
wiktionary entry =
Shane is a
masculine given name. It is an Irish version of the name Seán. [cite web |url=http://www.thinkbabynames.com/search.php?s=Shane&g=1&t=1 |title=Shane - name meaning & origin |publisher=thinkbabynames.com |accessdate=2008-03-24]
Like the name John, Shane has a long history that traces back to Hebrew name יוחנן Yôḥānnān, which means "
Yawehis gracious". Yawehis the name of the godof the Jewishpeople. Yôḥānnān was the name of several important Jewish rabbisin the Second Temple Periodin Palestine, such as Yochanan ben Zakaiand Yochanan ben Nuri.
The name had gained popularity among
Jewsin Judeaand Galileeby the time the area became a province of the Roman Empirein 6 C.E. It was the given name of Yochanan ben Zechariah, a Jewishprophet known in English as John the Baptist. It was also the given name of Yochanan ben Zibhdi, a fisherman from Galileewho became one of the favorite students (called disciples) of Jesus Christand so is known in English as John the Apostle. Because Yochanan also wrote one of the four accounts of the life of Jesus Christcalled gospels, the Gospel of St. John, he is also known as John the Evangelist.
The texts that tell of the lives of both these men named Yochanan were written in Greek, and their name was adapted in Greek as Ἰωάννης, Iōannēs (pronounced YO-han-NAYS). The name Ioannes became extremely popular among the early Christians, and bearers include such noted members of the early church as Ioannes Chrysostomos and the Ioannes who wrote the
Book of Revelation.
Because of the great respect Christians had for these men, the name came into use in other parts of the Christianized
Roman Empire, even in more remote areas such as Gauland Britain. The Western areas of the Roman Empiredid not, however, speak Greek like the areas in the East. Instead, they spoke Latin. Accordingly, in the Western part of the Roman Empirethe name was Latinized as Iohannes (pronounced like the Greek).
The local populations in these areas of the
Roman Empiresoon changed Roman names to fit their own dialect, which included dropping the suffixes-us and -es from such names. Johannes became the Germanic Johann, for example, and on the outskirts of the Empire in the newly converted Irelandit became the Irish Eoin. In some cases, the pronunciation of the "J" also changed from the original "Y", so that in Iberia the name eventually changed to the Spanish Juan and in Gaulto the French Jean (pronounced JOWN).
11th centurythe French duke William the Conqueror invaded and conquered Englandand brought his French knights and their dialect with him. In England, the French name Jean came to be spelled John. The Norman kings of Englandalso conquered Irelandin the 13th centuryand the 14th century. The Irish nobility was replaced by Norman nobles, some of whom bore the French name Jeanor the Anglicized name John. The Irish adapted the name to their own pronunciation and spelling, producing the name Seán. Seanis mostly pronounced SHAWN, but in the northern parts of Ireland it is pronounced SHAYN, thus leading to the modern pronunciation and Anglicized form of the name, Shane.
Because for a long time in Britain and in the
United Statesthe Irish comprised part of the working class, a stereotypeabout drunken, fight-happy Irishmen arose. This led to another use of the name Shane for a young, extremely violent individual in common phrases such as, "I got attacked by some Shane last week."
United States, the name Shane also became associated with cowboy-types through the 1949 novel "Shane" by Jack Schaeferand the 1953 movie adaptation, directed by George Stevensfrom a screenplay by A.B. Guthrie Jr..
Shane is rarely used as a feminine given name. However, the feminine version of the name is not derived from the
Northern Irishname Shane, but rather from the Yiddishname Shayna, meaning "beautiful".
Shane is also an occasional surname, often as a
suffixto "Mc", "Mac", or "O'" to form Anglicized Irish surname patronyms. [cite web |url=http://www.behindthename.com/name/shane |title=View Name: Shane |publisher=behindthename.com |accessdate=2007-12-21]
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name = Shane
related names =
McShane, MacShane, O'Shane
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Paul Shane(b. 1940), English actor
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