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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thanenoun

    a feudal lord or baron

  2. thanenoun

    a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble in Anglo-Saxon England (especially one who gave military service in exchange for land)


  1. thanenoun

    in Anglo-Saxon England, a man holding lands from the king, or from a superior in rank. There were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Norman Conquest, this title was no longer used, and baron took its place.

    The little island of Iona became the refuge of the sons and some thanes of Athelfrith, banished by Edwin. uE000128934uE001 Robert A. Thompson, "The People's History of England", The Walter Scott Publishing Co., Ltd., New York, 1910

  2. Thanenoun

    A large city in India, in the state of Maharashtra.

  3. Etymology: þegen, þegn.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Thanenoun

    An old title of honour, perhaps equivalent to baron.

    Etymology: ðegn , Saxon.

    By Sinel’s death I know I’m thane of Glamis;
    But how of Cawdor? the thane of Cawdor lives. William Shakespeare.


  1. Thane

    Thane (Marathi: [ˈʈʰaːɳeː]; also known as Thana, the official name until 1996) is a metropolitan city in Maharashtra, India. It is situated in the north-eastern portion of the Salsette Island. Thane city is entirely within Thane taluka, one of the seven talukas of Thane district; also, it is the headquarters of the namesake district. With a population of 1,841,488 distributed over a land area of about 147 square kilometres (57 sq mi), Thane city is the 15th most populous city in India with a population of 1,890,000 according to the 2011 census.Located on the northwestern side of the state of Maharashtra, the city is an immediate neighbour of Mumbai city proper and a part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.


  1. thane

    A thane was a rank of nobility in Anglo-Saxon England, roughly equivalent to a baron. They were often local rulers or chieftains who held land from a king or other superior, in exchange for military service or counsel. The role of thane evolved over time, and by the late Anglo-Saxon period they had become a hereditary title.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thanenoun

    a dignitary under the Anglo-Saxons and Danes in England. Of these there were two orders, the king's thanes, who attended the kings in their courts and held lands immediately of them, and the ordinary thanes, who were lords of manors and who had particular jurisdiction within their limits. After the Conquest, this title was disused, and baron took its place


  1. Thane

    Thane is a city in Maharashtra, India, at the head of the Thane Creek. It is the administrative headquarters of Thane district. On 16 April 1853, the G.I.P. Railway’s first train ever to run in India rolled out from "Boree Bunder" to "Thane", 34 kilometers away. This marked the dawn of the Railway Age in Asia. Thane covers an area of 147 km² and has a population of more than 1.8 million within its municipal limits, according to the 2011 census. Thane comes under Mumbai Metropolitan Region and also the proximity with Mumbai has made it culturally a part of it.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Thane

    thān, n. a member of a class in the old English community that stood distinctly below the old nobility (eorlas, &c.), but above the mere landowners or ceorls—a kind of nobility of service rather than blood.—ns. Thā′nage, Thane′dom, the jurisdiction or the dignity of a thane; Thane′hood, Thane′ship. [A.S. thegen, thegn, a servant, nobleman—thíhan, to grow; cog. with Ice. thegn, a man, warrior, Ger. degen, a soldier, servant, Gr. teknon, child.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Thane

    or Thegn, a title of social distinction among the Anglo-Saxons, bestowed, in the first instance, upon men bound in military service to the king, and who came to form a nobility of service as distinguished from a nobility of blood; these obtained grants of land, and had thegns under them; in this way the class of thegns widened; subsequently the name was allowed to the ceorl who had acquired four hides of land and fulfilled certain requirements; after the Norman Conquest the thegnhood practically embraced the knighthood; the name dropped out of use after Henry II.'s reign, but lasted longer in Scotland.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. THANE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Thane is ranked #48628 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Thane surname appeared 434 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Thane.

    85.9% or 373 total occurrences were White.
    5.7% or 25 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.1% or 18 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Ethan

  2. 'neath

  3. Neath

  4. neath

  5. nathe

  6. enhat

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thane in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thane in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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