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Probably derived from an old Indo-European root meaning "heavenly, divine", related to dyeus (see ZEUS). --Taking this a step further, the Indo-European Roots section of my American Heritage Dictionary relates this to the root deiw-, to shine, from which derives sky, heavens, god. Their discussion of Diana regards the suffixed root *deiw-yo, 'luminous' to be the direct root of Diana and the variant *dyeu- the root of Zeus.
biloxi33406  9/7/2005
Diana also means "target" in Spanish.
frangg23  11/15/2005
Possible links to the Hebrew name Dinah. Dinah meaning "God has judged". Has a similar pronunciation with the modern pronunciation. Dinah is usually pronounced DEE-nah or DIE-nah while Diana is usually pronounced DIE-ann-a or DEE-ann-ah. They are very much the same and I believe that the old biblical hebrew and the old Roman merged to form the new modern name.
hotshakes139  8/13/2006
Artemis, Apollo's twin sister. She was supposed to have helped deliver Apollo. She is the virgin goddess of the hunt.
Surreal  6/10/2007

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