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Fane \Fane\, n. [L. fanum a place dedicated to some deity, a sanctuary, fr. fari to speak. See Fame.] A temple; a place consecrated to religion; a church. [Poet.]

Such to this British Isle, her Christian fanes.


Fane \Fane\, n. [See Vane.] A weathercock. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"weathercock," late 14c., from Old English fana "flag, banner," from Proto-Germanic *fanon (cognates: Old Frisian fana, Gothic fana "piece of cloth," Old High German fano, German Fahne "flag, standard"); possibly cognate with Latin pannus "piece of cloth" (see pane).


Etymology 1 n. (context obsolete English) A weathercock, a weather vane. Etymology 2

n. A temple or sacred place.


Fane may refer to:

  • Fane (surname)
    • Fane family, an English family
  • Viscount Fane, an extinct title in the Peerage of Ireland
  • Fane Flaws, New Zealand musician, songwriter and artist
  • River Fane in Ireland
  • Fane, Papua New Guinea, a village associated with Simona Noorenbergh
    • Fane Airport
  • Fédération d'action nationale et européenne, a French former neo-Nazi organization
  • Fane Aircraft Company, a defunct British aircraft manufacturer
Fane (surname)

Fane is a surname.

Notable people with the surname include:

  • Sir John Fane (captain) captain at the battle of Poitiers 1356 who captured King John II of France.
  • Sir Ralph Fane of Badsel Manor, Tudely Kent executed at Tower Hill 1552
  • Sir Thomas Fane (d 1589) MP, convicted of treason and involvement in the Wyatt's rebellion pardoned and married to Mary Neville, Baroness le Despencer daughter of Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny. Father of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
  • Sir Francis Fane (royalist) of Fulbeck (c. 1611–1681?) supported the Royalist cause During the English Civil War
  • George Fane (c.1616-1663) Civil War royalist officer and member of parliament
  • Sir Thomas Fane (Kent) (1626–1692), Member of Parliament for Maidstone
  • Sir George Fane (MP for Kent) died 1640
  • Lady Mary Fane (1639–1681) was the daughter of Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland
  • Sir Francis Fane (dramatist) of Fulbeck (d. 1689?) Restoration play write
  • Sir Henry Fane (c.1650-1706), Whig Member of Parliament for Reading in 1689, 1690 and 1695 (1689–1698). Irish Privy Councillor from 1690 until his death.
  • Henry Fane of Brympton (1669–1726), Bristol Privateer a great-grandson of Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland and father of Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland
  • Francis Fane 1700-1759 Tory MP and attorney general to the Prince of Wales
  • Francis Fane of Brympton (d. 1757) Member of Parliament
  • Mildmay Fane Member of Parliament for Kent
  • Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland
  • Henry Fane of Wormsley (1703–1777), one of the chief clerks of the board of treasury, one of the chief clerks to the Privy Council, and a Member of Parliament
  • Henry Fane (politician) of Fulbeck (1739–1802) Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis 1772–1802.
  • John Fane (1751–1824) was a British Tory politician
  • Francis Fane of Spettisbury (1752–1813) Member of Parliament
  • Thomas Fane (MP) (1760–1807), Member of Parliament for Lyme Regis
  • John Fane (1775–1850) MP and British Tory politician
  • Sir Henry Fane (British Army officer)(1778–1840) of Fulbeck commanded brigades during several battles during the Peninsular War, and served both as a member of Parliament and Commander-in-Chief of India
  • Vere Fane (MP) Tory MP for Petersfield and Lyme Regis
  • Francis William Fane (1778–1844), Rear-Admiral in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars
  • Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey (1785–1867), was an English noblewoman, the daughter of John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland and Sarah Anne Child. Inherited a share in a bank.
  • Priscilla Fane, Countess of Westmorland Priscilla Anne Fane (née Wellesley-Pole), Countess of Westmorland (1793 – 18 February 1879), styled Lady Burghersh between 1811 and 1841, was a British linguist and artist.
  • Harriet Arbuthnotnée Fane (1793–1834), was an early 19th-century English diarist, social observer and political hostess on behalf of the Tory party. During the 1820s she was the "closest woman friend" of the 1st Duke of Wellington
  • Mildmay Fane (1794–1868) British General
  • Robert George Cecil Fane (1796–1864) British Judge
  • John Fane (1804–1875), Colonel in the British Army and a Conservative politician.
  • Lt-Col Henry Sutton Fane (born 1805), MP for Lyme Regis 1826
  • Henry Hamlyn-Fane (1817–1868), known as Henry Fane until 1861, was a British soldier and Conservative politician.
  • Francis Fane (soldier) British Colonel who raised the Peshawar Light Horse.
  • Julian Henry Charles Fane (1827–1870) diplomatist and poet.
  • Sir Edmund Douglas Veitch Fane (1837–1900) diplomat and minister plenipotentiary to Denmark
  • Walter Fane, a British general who raised Fane's Horse at Cawnpore in 1860
  • Sir Spencer Ponsonby-Fane (1824-1915), of Brymton, diplomat, cortier and cricketer
  • Sir Charles George Fane (1837-1909), British Admiral
  • Violet Fane, (1843–1905), a British novelist, poet and essayist of Victorian era.
  • Vere Fane Benett-Stanford Conservative MP Shaftesbury
  • Charles Fane de Salis (1860–1942), Bishop of Taunton from 1911 to 1930
  • Sir Vere Bonamy Fane General in the British Indian Army
  • William Vere Reeve King-Fane of Fulbeck (1868–1943) OBE was a member of the Fane family, an English landowner, soldier and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire
  • Sybil Fane, Countess of Westmorland (née St.Clair-Erskine, born 20 August 1871, died 21 July 1910) was a socialite and member of the British aristocracy
  • Frederick Fane (1875–1960), Irish born cricketer, who captained England on five occasions. He also played for Essex, Oxford University and London County.
  • Richard Ponsonby-Fane (1878–1937), a British academic, author, and Japanologist.
disambiguation pages
  • Sir Francis Fane of Fulbeck disambiguation page
  • Henry Fane disambiguation page
  • John Fane disambiguation page
  • Thomas Fane disambiguation page
  • Vere Fane disambiguation page
English Viscount and Earls of Westmorland
  • Francis Fane, 1st Earl of Westmorland
  • Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland
  • Charles Fane, 3rd Earl of Westmorland
  • Vere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland
  • Vere Fane, 5th Earl of Westmorland
  • Thomas Fane, 6th Earl of Westmorland
  • John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland
  • Thomas Fane, 8th Earl of Westmorland
  • John Fane, 9th Earl of Westmorland
  • John Fane, 10th Earl of Westmorland
  • John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland
  • Francis Fane, 12th Earl of Westmorland
  • Anthony Mildmay Julian Fane, 13th Earl of Westmorland
  • Vere Fane, 14th Earl of Westmorland
  • David Fane, 15th Earl of Westmorland
  • Anthony David Francis Henry Fane, 16th Earl of Westmorland
  • Sarah Fane, Countess of Westmorland
Irish viscount
  • Viscount Fane (of Basildon in Berkshire; Loughgur in Limerick; Clare in Armagh, and parts of Devon)
  • Charles Fane, 1st Viscount Fane (1676–1744)
  • Charles Fane, 2nd Viscount Fane (after 1708–1766)

Usage examples of "fane".

There was a jade pendant which Oliver Fane had brought from China for his wife Lilian, a peach with two leaves, and a little winged creature crawling on it.

William Fane died and your father came home from the Australian station, the engagement was formally given out.

Miss Fane had a very serious riding accident, and for some months there was no certainty that she would live.

Agnes Fane singing passionately to the Vicar, the village, and Oliver Fane.

She felt an extreme reluctance to call across that twenty-year gulf and hear Agnes Fane answering her.

But at the moment Laura was not really aware of anything except Agnes Fane, who sat watching her approach from an invalid chair.

I hope Miss Fane will show you the portraits which Amory did of her and your father.

It showed Agnes Fane bare-headed and in riding-clothes, coming down a flight of steps.

Agnes Fane watched them go and turned to Miss Silver with an approving smile.

Miss Fane went to her room, and Laura thankfully to hers with the immemorial excuse of a letter to write.

She could see a background of crimson curtain, and then out through the doorway, alone and unassisted, came Agnes Fane in her self-propelling chair.

Miss Fane took it dexterously and came to rest in the place which she had occupied at tea-time.

And then Tanis was back again, and Agnes Fane broke in in her deep voice.

She seemed to have travelled a thousand miles from the Laura Fane who had come up to town to stay with Cousin Sophy and see her solicitor, not much more than forty-eight hours ago.

Tanis to the door through which Miss Fane had made her entrance the night before.