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Layne is a wonderful gender-neutral name. It has some roots in the music landscape with Layne Staley, lead singer for the band “Alice in Chains” as well as Layne Redmond, famed American drummer. Also, “Metallica” drummer Lars Ulrich named his son Layne. So, if you think your child might become a musical prodigy, this is the name for them! Keep reading to find out more about this baby name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Layne:

Layne is a boys and girls name with English origins meaning “path” or “roadway.”

Layne originated as an English surname derived from the word lanu (meaning “dweller by the road”). This surname was brought to England during the Norman conquest in the 10th century. Layne gained popularity as a unisex given or middle name.

Symbolism of the name Layne:

Layne symbolizes the pathway that one takes as they navigate through life. It is not a destination; rather the adventure, friendships, and memories that are made as the path is traveled.

Nicknames for the name Layne:

Layne is a great name for either a boy or a girl. There are several options for nicknames. We put together this list of nicknames to aid you in your search for the perfect nickname for your baby.

Style of the name Layne:


Gender of the name Layne:

Layne is a popular boy name but is becoming increasingly more popular as a girl's name making it a great gender-neutral name.

Pronunciation of the name Layne:


Syllables in the name Layne:


Emotion evoked from the name Layne:

The name Layne evokes a feeling of playfulness, adventure, and romance.

Alternative spellings for the name Layne:

Popularity of the name Layne:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Layne was ranked as the 668th most popular boy name in 2020. It was the 920th most popular girl name in 2020. This was the first year that it made the top 1000 in both categories.

Lane, Laine, Lainey, Laney

Great middle names for Layne and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Layne:

  • Layne Beachley (seven-time women's surf World Champion)
  • Layne Redmond (drummer, writer and teacher)
  • Layne Staley (singer)
  • Layne Flack (poker professional)

Layne in movies/pop culture:

  • Layne Abeley (character from Lisi Harrison's The Clique Series)
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