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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(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.

Related Names

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
User SubmissionDíana

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

People think this name is

classic   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   refined   strange   simple   serious   nerdy  
Czech Republic: January 4
Estonia: September 23
Hungary: September 18 (as Diána)
Latvia: February 24 (as Diāna)
Lithuania: August 13
Poland: August 13
Slovakia: July 1
Sweden: January 29

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