Fane is a pet-form of Ștefan, the Romanian form of Stephen, the English form of Greek Stephanos meaning “crown, wreath” and more literally “that which surrounds or encompasses” which ultimately derives from a PIE root word. The word was used in Ancient Greece for a crown of a winner in games or war. Fane is also a word in English, an archaic term for a temple or a church which comes from Latin fanum (temple, shrine, sanctuary, sacred place) derived from a PIE root word; it’s also a Middle English word meaning “weathercock, weather vane; banner (military)” which comes from Old English fana (cloth, banner) via Proto-Germanic*fanô (cloth; banner, flag) derived from a PIE root word.
Fane is also an English surname, originating as a nickname for a well-disposed or cheerful person, via Middle English fain, fayn meaning “glad; joyful; well-pleased”. Fane is also the name of a river in Ireland.
- Fayne (English)