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noun Vane
  1. A contrivance attached to some elevated object for the purpose of showing which way the wind blows; a weathercock. It is usually a plate or strip of metal, or slip of wood, often cut into some fanciful form, and placed upon a perpendicular axis around which it moves freely."Aye undiscreet, and changing as a vane." [Chaucer.]
  2. Any flat, extended surface attached to an axis and moved by the wind; as, the vane of a windmill; hence, a similar fixture of any form moved in or by water, air, or other fluid; as, the vane of a screw propeller, a fan blower, an anemometer, etc.
  3. [Zoöl] The rhachis and web of a feather taken together.
  4. One of the sights of a compass, quadrant, etc.

Etymology: OE. & Prov. E. fane weathercock, banner, AS. fana a banner, flag; akin to D. vaan, G. fahne, OHG. fano cloth, gund fano flag, Icel. fāni, Sw. fana, Dan. fane, Goth. fana cloth, L. pannus, and perhaps to Gr. ph^nos a web, phni`on a bobbin, spool. Cf. Fanon Pane a compartment, panel

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  1. The flattened weblike part of a feather consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft
  2. Flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
  3. A fin attached to the tail of an arrow, bomb or missile in order to stabilize or guide it
  4. Mechanical device attached to an elevated structure; rotates freely to show the direction of the wind

From Middle English vane, Southern variant of fane, from Old English fana (“cloth, banner, flag”), from Proto-Germanic *fanô. Cognate with Saterland Frisian Foone (“flag, banner”). Compare fane.

  1. (countable) A weather vane.
  2. Any of several usually relatively thin, rigid, flat, or sometimes curved surfaces radially mounted along an axis, as a blade in a turbine or a sail on a windmill, that is turned by or used to turn a fluid.
  3. (ornithology) The flattened, web-like part of a feather, consisting of a series of barbs on either side of the shaft.
  4. A sight on a sextant or compass.
  5. One of the metal guidance or stabilizing fins attached to the tail of a bomb or other missile.

vane was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Esperanto, Italian, Latin, Norwegian Bokmål, and Norwegian Nynorsk

Notable Persons Named Vane

Vane was born on June 9th, 1913 in Osijek. They died on April 4th, 1999.


Vane was born on August 16th, 1876. He left this life on June 17th, 1938.


Vane Featherston was an actress. Vane was born in 1864. Vane is also known as Alicia Fredericka Featherstonehaugh. She left this life in 1948.


Vane was born in England.


Vane Obis is an athlete for the CE Europa (women).


Notable Persons With the Last Name Vane

Harriet Deborah Vane is a fictional character.


Sir John Vane was a scientist in the field of pharmacology. John was given the name John Robert Vane on March 29th, 1927 in Tardebigge. He breathed his last breath on November 19th, 2004.


He left this life on February 26th, 1552.


Henry was born on February 18th, 1589. He breathed his last breath in 1655.


Christopher Vane is a television producer and television writer. He was most prominent from 1979 to present.


Frances was born in 1715. She died in 1788.


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Ethnicity Vane U.S.
  White 86.18% 64.26%
  African American 5.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.51% 16.26%

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People with the last name Vane are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Vane

  • How Popular is the name Vane? Vane is the 30,600th most popular name of all time. As a last name Vane was the 39,486th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Vane have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 152 babies born with the first name Vane in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vane to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Vane? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Vane first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vane is Friday, January 29th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Vane born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vane was in 1919 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Vane: Your name in reverse order is Enav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nvea. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vane? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 557 people with the last name Vane.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vane? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Vane as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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