Dane comes from an English surname, a variant of Dean, either derived from Middle English dene meaning “valley” or else it’s an occupational surname meaning “dean”, referring to a person who was a dean or someone who worked for one, referring to an ecclesialtical head of a cathedral. It’s derived from Latin decanus meaning “chief of ten” in reference to someone who was in charge of ten people. A dean is the head of a college or university.
Dane could also be used as an ethnic surname referring to someone who came from Denmark or had Danish descent. It could also be a variant of D’Aunay, a Huguenot French name derived from several place names in France called Aunay, of unknown meaning.
- Dayne (English)