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What does Diane mean?

Diane Pronunciation of Diane [di-ane] as a girls' name has its root in Latin, and the name Diane means "divine". Diane is a variant form of Diana (Latin). See also Dionne.


Diane has 13 variants: Danne, Dayann, Dayanne, Deane, Deann, Deeane, Dian, Diann, Dianne, Dyan, Dyane, Dyann and Dyanne.

16 more related forms via Diana: Deana, Deanna, Dede, Dee, Deeana, Dena, Di, Diahann, Diahanne, Diahna, Diandra, Dianna, Diannah, Didi, Dyana and Dyanna.

Creative forms:
(female) Deaane, Diani, ..

(male) Dide, Diney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Diane Blakely (D.B.), ..

How popular is Diane?

Diane is a very prominent first name for females (#50 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#67725 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Diane was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diane name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Diane outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Diana (#295 last year), Deanna (#1198), Dianna (#1801), Dianne, Dionne, Diann, Dyan, Dyanne, Dyann, Diandra, Dede, Deann, Dee, Dena, Deana, Dian and Deane are the popular variation forms of Diane appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Dyanna, are seldom used. These forms of Diane were favored as baby names 65 years ago (average #971) and are now significantly less widespread (#1849, 95.9%), with versions such as Deann going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diane, Deana, Deane, Deann, Deanna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dede, Dee, Dena, Dian, Diana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diandra, Diann, Dianna, Dianne, Dionne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dyan, Dyann, Dyanne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Diane and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Diane is alike in pronunciation to Dagne, Dane, Dawn, Dawne, Dayne, Deanne, Deeann, Dene, Deon, Deonne, Dion, Dione, Dowan, Duane, Duwan, Dwan and Dwayne. Other recommended names are Aine, Blane, Briane, Dafne, Dale, Damiane, Dana, Danae, Danea, Danee, Danet, Daney, Dani, Danie, Dany, Dariane, Daviane, Delane, Dhana, Dianthe, Didiane, Digna, Dina, Dinae, Dinnie, Dinny, Diona, Divine, Dixee, Dixie, Doriane, Duana, Dwana, Dylane, Dzana, Elane, Eliane, Fione, Gitane, Ilane, Jane, Jeane, Joane, Lane, Liahne, Liane, Minne, Orane, Oriane, Rhiane, Riane, Rianne, Shane, Signe, Sine, Tiane, Tianne and Winne. These names tend to be less frequently used than Diane.

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