What does Diana mean?
Diana \di(a)-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced dy-ANN-ah, dee-AHN-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Diana is "divine". Mythology: Diana was an ancient Roman goddess who came to be associated with the Greek god Artemis. Noted for her beauty and fleetness, Diana is often depicted as a huntress. Used since the 16th century. Made popular by the late Princess of Wales. See also Dionne and Diantha. French courtesan Diana de Poitiers; actresses Diahann Carroll, Dyan Cannon, Diane Keaton, Diane Lane, Dianne Wiest.
Diana has 34 variants: Danne, Dayann, Dayanna, Dayanne, Deana▼, Deandra, Deane, Deann▼, Deanna▼, Deanna▼, Dede, Dee▼, Deeana, Deeane, Deedee, Dena▼, Di, Diahann, Diahanne, Diahna, Dian▼, Diandra, Diane▼, Diann▼, Dianna▼, Diannah, Dianne▼, Didi, Dyan, Dyana, Dyane, Dyann, Dyanna and Dyanne.
Diana is a very popular first name for females (#96 out of 4276, Top 2%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#10811 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Diana for girls. Diana reached its top rank of #53 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #297. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Diana and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Diana (#297 in 2014) are Cynthia (#491 in 2014), Deana, Deandra, Deann, Deanna, Dee, Deedee, Dena, Dian, Diane, Diann, Dianna, Dianne, Dionne, Selena (#346) and Tiana (#554). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5226%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.136%, down 74%), with forms like Cynthia, Deanna, Diane, Diann and Dianna falling out of style. Diana (#297), Selena (#346) and Tiana (#554) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names in this list, with Selena going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Diana is pronounced similarly to Daena, Dagna, Dahna, Daina, Dana▼, Danae, Danah, Danay, Danea, Dani, Dania▼, Danna, Dany, Danya, Dawna, Dayana, Dayna▼, Deena▼, Denna, Deona, Dhana, Dhanna, Digna, Dina▼, Dinae, Dinah▼, Dinay, Dinny, Dinya, Dona▼, Donna▼, Duana, Duayna, Duena, Duna, Dwana, Dwayna and Dyna. Other recommended similar baby names are Ciana, Dahiana, Dama, Dane, Dianda, Duane, Dwan, Dzana, Giana, Jiana, Kiana▼, Liana, Qiana, Riana, Siana and Viana. These names tend to be less frequently used than Diana.