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Gender Feminine
Scripts Диана(Russian, Bulgarian)
Pronounced Pron. die-AN-ə(English)
DYA-na(Spanish, Italian, German, Polish)
dee-A-na(Classical Latin)
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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)
Other Languages & CulturesDijana, Dajana(Croatian) Diane, Dianne(French) Kiana(Hawaiian) Diána(Hungarian) Diāna(Latvian) Dijana(Macedonian) Dijana, Dajana(Serbian) Dijana(Slovene)
Same SpellingDiána, Diāna
User SubmissionDíana


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


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