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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.)
― Anonymous User  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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