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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Crane
  1. [Zoöl] A wading bird of the genus Grus, and allied genera, of various species, having a long, straight bill, and long legs and neck.
  2. Any arm which swings about a vertical axis at one end, used for supporting a suspended weight.
  3. A machine for raising and lowering heavy weights, and, while holding them suspended, transporting them through a limited lateral distance. In one form it consists of a projecting arm or jib of timber or iron, a rotating post or base, and the necessary tackle, windlass, etc.; -- so called from a fancied similarity between its arm and the neck of a crane See Illust. of Derrick.
  4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace, for supporting kettles, etc., over a fire.
  5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
  6. [Naut] A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc., -- generally used in pairs. See Crotch, 2.
  7. [Zoöl] The American blue heron (Ardea herodias).(Local, U. S)

Note: ☞ The common European crane is Grus cinerea. The sand-hill crane (Grus Mexicana) and the whooping crane (Grus Americana) are large American species. The Balearic or crowned crane is Balearica pavonina. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to the herons and cormorants.

Etymology: AS. cran; akin to D. & LG. craan, G. kranich krahnthis in sense 2), Gr. ge`ranos, L. grus, W. & Armor. garan, OSlav. zeravĭ, Lith. gerve, Icel. trani, Sw. trana, Dan. trane. √24. Cf. Geranium

verb Crane
  1. To cause to rise; to raise or lift, as by a crane; -- with up.(R)"What engines, what instruments are used in craning up a soul, sunk below the center, to the highest heavens." [Bates.]"An upstart craned up to the height he has." [Massinger.]
  2. To stretch, as a crane stretches its neck; as, to crane the neck disdainfully.
verb crane
to reach forward with head and neck, in order to see better; as, a hunter cranes forward before taking a leap.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
  2. Lifts and moves heavy objects; lifting tackle is suspended from a pivoted boom that rotates around a vertical axis
  3. A small constellation in the southern hemisphere near Phoenix
  4. United States poet (1899-1932)
  5. United States writer (1871-1900)
  6. Stretch (the neck) so as to see better ("The women craned their necks to see the President drive by")

From Middle English cran, from Old English cran (“crane”), from Proto-Germanic *kranô (“crane”), from Proto-Indo-European *gerh₂- (“to cry hoarsely”). Cognate with Scots cran (“crane”), Dutch kraan (“crane”), German Kran (“crane”).

  1. Any bird of the family Gruidae, large birds with long legs and a long neck which is extended during flight.
  2. (US, dialect) Ardea herodias, the great blue heron.
  3. A mechanical lifting machine or device, often used for lifting heavy loads for industrial or construction purposes.
  4. An iron arm with horizontal motion, attached to the side or back of a fireplace for supporting kettles etc. over the fire.
  5. A siphon, or bent pipe, for drawing liquors out of a cask.
  6. (nautical) A forked post or projecting bracket to support spars, etc.; generally used in pairs.

crane was also found in the following language(s): Lojban

Notable Persons Named Crane

Crane Manohar is an actor.


Crane is also known as Craneo.


Crane Wilbur was an actor, writer, and director. His career lasted from 1915 to 1962. Crane was given the name Irwin Crane Wilbur on November 17th, 1886 in Athens, New York, U.S. Crane is also known as Irwin Crane Wilbur and Irwin Crane. He passed away on October 18th, 1973.


Crane was born on July 12th, 1844. He left this life on December 10th, 1927.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Crane

Bob Crane was an actor, drummer, and radio host disc jockey. He was most prominent from 1950 to 1950. Bob was given the name Robert Edward Crane on July 13th, 1928 in Waterbury, Connecticut, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 29th, 1978.


Dr. Frasier Crane is an and, psychiatrist, radio personality, psychotherapy, boston, seattle, and frasier.


Cheryl Crane is a writer and real estate broker. She was most active from 1992 to 2011. Cheryl was given the name Cheryl Christina Crane by her parents Joseph Stephen Crane and Lana Turner on July 25th, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


David Crane is a writer and producer. David was born on August 13th, 1957 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


Dr. Niles Crane is a psychiatrist.


Hart Crane was a writer. He was most prominent from 1916 to 1932. Hart was given the name Harold Hart Crane on July 21st, 1899 in Garrettsville, Ohio. He left this life on April 27th, 1932.


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Popularity of Crane as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Crane U.S.
  White 90.11% 64.26%
  African American 4.26% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.62% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Crane

People with the last name Crane are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Crane

  • How Popular is the name Crane? Crane is the 84,458th most popular name of all time. As a last name Crane was the 916th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Crane have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Crane in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Crane? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Crane first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Crane is Thursday, November 17th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Crane born? The highest recorded use of the first name Crane was in 1962 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Crane: Your name in reverse order is Enarc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nerac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Crane? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 37,870 people with the last name Crane.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Crane? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Crane as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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