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Deanna was made famous by Canadian-born actress and singer Deanna Durbin.
-- alberto  6/7/2005
My name is Deanna, and I pronounce it Dee-ANNA, like the name Anna with a De- in front of it. "Deana" is a totally different name.
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/4/2006
Deanna Troy was a character on Star Trek. I was named after her!
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/4/2006
My sister's name is Deanna, and it is pronounced dee-anna. I've read that Deanna means divine.
-- Wunderkind_Princess  3/4/2006
I believe it can also be Polish when pronounced "dee-AH-nah." (According to my Polish friend.)
-- arrowhead909  3/13/2006
Deanna is a beautiful name and I pronounce it DeAnna.
-- mustangchic25ga  3/15/2006
One of my oldest friends names is Deanna, pronounced "Dee-na".
-- ayn_shula  5/29/2006
I love this name! It is so beautiful and not overused.
-- classy  10/6/2006
Deanna is a pretty name, what turns me away from this name is someone I know with this name, I seriously think something is wrong with her.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2006
I know someone called this who pronounces it Dee-na, and was utterly confused when I saw her name written down. Looks like Dee-anna to me.
-- Anonymous User  10/22/2007
Such a gorgeous name!
-- 999666  2/17/2008
Yawn. This seems like a lazily constructed name, and it's very common by now, so it's not original in any way. It's not particularly pretty, and it doesn't sound very classy or sophisticated either.
-- slight night shiver  4/21/2008
While slight night shiver doesn't have to be so rude about it, I do agree with them on some level. Deanna is my name, and I've never really cared for it. I prefer to go by Anna instead.
-- illyria47  7/17/2008
This is a pretty name. Dee-na is both cute and sophisticated. But to a degree I have to admit it's another name that ends in "a". I think DeeAnn is a pretty name, too. But the fact that it's not an overly used name is a breath of fresh air.
-- _0TophasNails_1  11/17/2008
I know a girl whose name is D'Anna (pronounced DE-ANNA). Obviously a variant of this name.
-- Jesussaves7193  1/3/2009
I love the name Deanna. It's really pretty and elegant.
-- RikuLoverKH10  7/15/2009
My name is Deanna and I love it! No one else I know has that name! It's INCREDIBLY rare! And it's a royal name, just to tell you.
-- Anonymous User  7/16/2009
My name is Deanna and I love it. I actually got it because my dad's name was Dean and my mom's name is Anna. (: I'm actually pretty proud of my name. (:
-- deeannuhh  8/20/2009
Deanna is Greek for girl of the valley.
-- Deanna94  10/2/2009
I've only recently thought about this name, because I knew a girl in elementary school from Bosnia. Her name was Dejana, and she pronounced it dee-AN-uh, like this name. (By the way, to those pronouncing this "DEE-nuh"--that's how you pronounce Dina. And possibly Deana. But Deanna, with two n's, is dee-AN-uh.)

Anyway, I had always thought Dejana sounded pretty, and it has a great meaning ("to act"), but since I'm not Slavic, I wouldn't use that spelling for my daughter. I much prefer the way Deanna looks, but I don't think of it as a feminine form of Dean, but a variant of Dejana. (That may not be what it is etymologically, but it's how I think of it.)

In my experience, Deanna is not a very common name. However, all of the Deanna's (with this spelling) I know are Italian. And as it is, the names I really like right now are Deanna and Theresa. Wow, I'm more Italian than I thought. Lol.
-- erb816  12/6/2009
I find my name mediocre. The only other Deanna's I've met haven't been awful, but they've all definitely been boring. I've always seen it as 'anna' with a 'de' prefix, not a variant of Diana. The etymology of this name reads 'chief of ten' which is very absurd and senseless to me.
-- Aureliano  2/26/2010
Also. I hate when it's written 'DeAnna', like an Italian or Spanish last name.
-- Aureliano  2/26/2010
Deanna, a song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds from the album Tender Prey.
-- Aureliano  2/26/2010
At first glance, I thought that Deanna was a combination of the prefix De- and the suffix -anna. Not a good first impression. Now, however, I see the name as okay. It's nothing gorgeous, but it's not particularly ugly.
-- Athena Nike  4/4/2010
I hate this name. It's either a horrible bastardization of the divine name Diana, or a blatantly obvious feminization of Dean.
-- Chrila96  12/12/2010
My name is Deanna & I agree with all the others, people do say it incorrectly. Also I have never met anyone in my whole life who pronounces it the same.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2011
My mother's name is Deanna (pronounced dee-AN-ə), and I always loved the name (she is my mother, after all). People who would call the house would often mispronounce it DEEN-ə, and I always thought that was a horrible sounding pronunciation, although I suppose if you are using it as a feminized version of Dean, you would pronounce it that way. I always thought of it as a form of Diana, and I also thought it sounded like a very southern name. I think it is a very beautiful name.
-- AudraClaire  8/15/2011
I like it. Reminds me of a sweet blue eyed, blonde hair southern belle. Just very pretty.
-- blueeyesparkle  11/5/2012
My name is Deanna (DEE ANNA)and I struggled my whole life with people mispronouncing it (DE-NA, DIANA, DIANE) so I go by Dee now. I even thought about changing it legally because I don't even relate to Deanna anymore, and only notice people when they call me Dee. BUT my mom named me so she would be hurt if I did.
-- madseasons  6/4/2015
Wow, seeing lots of comments about Deanna being pronounced "Dee-na" or "Dee-AN-ah"! I've met a few Deannas (including myself) but I've never met anyone who pronounces their name this way. Honestly, I hate when people pronounce my name like that, it sounds so fingernails-down-chalkboard-y. But it makes sense now why so many people have read my name out that way! For me and the Deanna's I know, our name is pronounced "Dee-AHH-nah" (like how you pronounce the character Anna's name from Frozen, but with a "De" before it).
My Nonna still spells it "Diana", because "Deanna" is (according the Italians I know) the phonetic spelling of "Diana"; In a lot of European countries "Diana" is pronounced "De-UHN-nah". So "Deanna" was, apparently, supposed to be the phonetic spelling of it to help people pronounce Diana "right". Looks like that backfired! Even I don't pronounce it "correctly" haha. I like the name even though it's always mispronounced, I usually go by "Dee" anyway.
-- Anonymous User  11/12/2015
I'm another Deanna. My grandmother's name was Anna and my parents wanted to find a name similar to honour her but didn't like Diana so made it "dee" anna instead. As a child I went by DeeDee and would be quite annoyed if people tried to call me Deanna. Although I was more annoyed if people called me Dianna or spelled it with an "i". I still use Dee with my family and friends but I love my name and that it includes my grandma's name as part of it.
-- dee4338  11/25/2015
This is my name; I used to think it was plain, uninteresting. But as I've gotten a bit older it has grown on me. It's extremely rare where I live, no one else has it. And it has a simple elegance to it.
It's origins aren't anything special, but I don't believe the whole "bastardized feminine form of 'Dean'" at all (very rude by the way). I think it sounds much closer to "Diana"; only with a "De" instead of "Di". In fact, if you listen to the way Germans (and probably others) pronounce "Diana", it sounds a LOT like "Deanna".
-- Purplemyst  4/6/2016
The name Deanna was given to 207 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
A beautiful name. I like Deana with one n better though.
-- Eileen1209864  7/1/2016
I have sometimes seen this name spelled as DeAnna, with the letter 'A' capitalized. Thus used, I think it could be considered a variant form or elaboration of the name Anna, using the popular name prefix 'De'. DeAnna would then have a different origin from the ones given for Deanna here.

It could also, as described by a previous commentor, be used as a variant form of Anna regardless of whether or not the A is capitalized, giving this name a third origin/use.
-- la-petite-rachel  5/3/2017

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