Pronounced Pron. dah-YAH-nah (Spanish (Latin American))
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Contributor Contrib.enchy on 8/26/2009
Probably an Hispanic variant of Diana, reflecting the English pronunciation, though it coincides with a botanical name belonging to more than one South American orchid, which derives from the surname of English botanist John Day (1824-88). Its use can be partly attributed to the popularity of Diana Spencer (1961-1997), the Princess of Wales. A known bearer is Venezuelan beauty queen Dayana Mendoza (1986-).