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ScriptsДиана RussianBulgarian
PronouncedPron.die-AN-ə English
DYA-na SpanishItalianGermanPolish
dee-A-nə Catalan
dee-AH-nah Dutch
dee-A-na Classical Latin

Meaning & History

Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine", related to dyeus (see ZEUS). Diana was a Roman goddess of the moon, hunting, forests, and childbirth, often identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.

As a given name, Diana has been regularly used since the Renaissance. It became more common in the English-speaking world following Sir Walter Scott's novel 'Rob Roy' (1817), which featured a character named Diana Vernon. It also appeared in George Meredith's novel 'Diana of the Crossways' (1885). A notable bearer was Diana Spencer (1961-1997), the Princess of Wales.
VariantsDiane, Dianna English
DiminutiveDi English
Other Languages & CulturesDijana, Dajana Croatian Diane, Dianne French Kiana Hawaiian Diána Hungarian Diāna Latvian Dijana Macedonian Dijana, Dajana Serbian Dijana Slovene
Same SpellingDiána, Diāna
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Sculpture of the goddess Diana (Artemis)Sculpture of the goddess Diana (Artemis)


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