Given Name DIANA

GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Диана (Russian, Bulgarian)
PRONOUNCED: die-AN-ə (English), DYA-na (Spanish, Italian, German, Polish), dee-A-nə (Catalan), dee-AH-nah (Dutch), dee-A-na (Classical Latin)  [details]

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.

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VARIANTS: Diane, Dianna (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Di (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Dijana, Dajana (Croatian), Diane, Dianne (French), Kiana (Hawaiian), Diána (Hungarian), Diāna (Latvian), Dijana (Macedonian), Dijana, Dajana (Serbian), Dijana (Slovene)
SAME SPELLING: Diána, Diāna
USER SUBMISSION: Díana
Entry updated December 8, 2017