Origin, Meaning, And History Of Wayne
Wayne is a predominantly boy’s name derived from the old English word “waegn” or “wagon,” which has been used as an occupational surname for “wagon builders” or “wagon drivers.” It originates from the Middle English word “wain” meaning “cart” or “wagon,” and rose as an occupational name for a wagoner with variations like Wain and Wayn in English.
Wayne first emerged as a surname that was first found in Essex, where they held a family manor and were named Lords of the Manor. The influence of the Saxons diminished with French being spoken in the courts, but the surname survived, with John and Richard Wayne holding estates in that country in 1319. Wagon-making was a common practice in England during the Medieval Ages. It referred to the section of the people who were employed to ride the wagon and were called as Carles-Wn and bore the symbol of Wn.
The surname Wayne was first recorded in the 14th century and gained popularity in the 19th century in the US. Bruce Wayne, alternately known as the Dark Knight, is a fictional character appearing in the series “Gotham” based on the character of the same name in the Comics series “Batman.” Thomas Wayne is a fictional character appearing in the “Batman” series and is the deceased father of Batman, husband of Martha Wayne, and paternal grandfather of Damian Wayne (son of Batman).
Wayne Szalinski is the main protagonist of Disney’s 1989 film “Honey, I Shrunk The Kids.” She is depicted as a quirky scientist who has designed a ray gun machine that is capable of shrinking and growing objects. Wayne Campbell is another fictional character appearing in the 1992 American comedy film “Wayne’s World” played by Mike Tyres.
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Famous People With The Name Wayne
- Wayne RooneyFormer English soccer player and manager of Major League Soccer club D.C United
- Anthony WayneAmerican soldier, statesman, and one of the Founding Fathers of the US
- David WayneAmerican actor, known for his role as Dr. Charles Dutton in “The Andromeda Strain”
- Kenny WayneAmerican jazz pianist, singer, and songwriter, popularly known as “Blues Boss”
- Wayne NewtonAmerican actor and singer, popularly known as “The Midnight Idol and “Mr. Las Vegas”
Wayne On The Popularity Chart
The name Wayne was fairly popular till 1980, after which it dwindled in popularity, as represented in the graphs.
Popularity Over Time
The name enjoyed huge popularity in 1980, with 1842 babies per million being named Wayne. However, its popularity gradually declined over the next four decades, as shown in the graph below.Source: Social Security Administration
Rank Over Time
As its popularity decreased, the name Wayne also lost in ranking over the years. Since 2007, the ranking has seen a steady increase in the US.Source: Social Security Administration
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