Gender Feminine
Scripts Диана(Russian, Bulgarian) Діана(Ukrainian)
Pronounced Pron. die-AN-ə(English)
DYA-na(Spanish, Italian, German, Polish)
dee-U-nu(European Portuguese)
jee-U-nu(Brazilian Portuguese)
dee-A-nə(Catalan)
dee-AH-nah(Dutch)
dyee-AH-nu(Ukrainian)
DI-ya-na(Czech)
DEE-a-na(Slovak)
dee-A-na(Latin)
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Meaning & History

Means "divine, goddesslike", a derivative of dia or diva meaning "goddess". It is ultimately related to the same Indo-European root *dyew- found in 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 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 the British royal Diana Spencer (1961-1997), the Princess of Wales.

Related Names

VariantsDianna, Keanna, Kiana, Kianna, Diane, Divina(English) Dayana(Spanish (Latin American)) Divina(Spanish (Philippines))
DiminutiveDi(English)
Other Languages & CulturesDijana, Dajana(Croatian) Diane(French) Kiana(Hawaiian) Diána(Hungarian) Diāna(Latvian) Dijana(Macedonian) Dijana, Dajana(Serbian) Dijana(Slovene)
Same SpellingDiána, Diāna
User SubmissionDíana

People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   refined   strange   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Czechia: January 4
Estonia: September 23
Lithuania: August 13
Norway: December 30
Poland: August 13
Slovakia: July 1
Sweden: January 29

Images

Sculpture of the goddess Diana (Artemis)Sculpture of the goddess Diana (Artemis)

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Entry updated April 5, 2022