What does Diane mean?
Diane /di-ane/ [3 sylls.] as a girls' name. Diane's root is Latin, and the name Diane means "divine". Diane is a variant transcription of Diana (Latin). Dione is a conventional last name. See also Dionne.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Diane for girls. Diane was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its apex position of #17 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Diana (#297 last year), Diann, Dianna, Dionne, Dianne, Dian, Dena, Deann, Deandra, Deanna, Dee, Deedee and Deana are the popular variation forms of Diane appearing in the Top 1000. Variants like Dyane are seldom used. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.5383%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.0502%, down 90.7%), with versions such as Deanna, Deann, Dee, Deana and Dena falling out of style. Diana (#297) is the most fashionable birth name in this list. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the girl name Diane and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Diane▼ is alike in pronunciation to Dagne, Dane, Dawne, Dayne, Deanne▼, Dene, Dion, Dione, Duane, Dwan and Dwayne. Other recommended similar baby names are Dana▼, Danae, Danea, Danee, Daney, Dani, Danie, Dany, Dhana, Dina▼, Dinae, Dinnie, Dinny, Diona, Duana, Dwana, Liane, Riane and Tiane. These names tend to be less frequently used than Diane.