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Transferred use of the surname, in origin an occupational name for a carter or cartwright, from Old English wægen ‘cart, waggon’. It was adopted as a given name in the second half of the 20th century, mainly as a result of the popularity of the American film actor John Wayne (1907–79), who was born Marion Michael Morrison; his screen name was chosen in honour of the American Revolutionary general Anthony Wayne (1745–96).
148th in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
484,941
to be exact
North Dakota
has the most people named Wayne per capita
1947
marked the height of its popularity
0.01%
99.99%
57%
55+
36%
30-54
5%
13-29
2%
0-12

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