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What does Diana mean?

Diana Pronunciation of Diana 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH mythology, ancient (old), roman, goddess, greek, beauty, 16th century, princess


VARIANTS Danne, Dayann, Dayanna, Dayanne, Deana, Deane, Deandra, Deann, Deanna, Dede, Dee, Deedee, Deeana, Deeane, Deanna, Dena, Di, Diahann, Diahanne, Diahna, Dian, Diandra, Diane, Diann, Dianna, Diannah, Dianne, Didi, Dyan, Dyana, Dyane, Dyann, Dyanna, Dyanne

SEE ALSO Artemis, Cynthia, Mahina, Selena, Tiana

OTHER FORMS VIA DIONNE Deon, Dion, Diona, Diondra, Dione, Dionis, Dionna

(female) Dini, ..

(male) Diney, ..

Diana Cassie (D.C.), ..

How popular is Diana?

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)

Diana reached its top rank of #52 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #184. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Diana (#184 IN 2018) are Artemis (#1337), Cynthia (#693), Dayanna (#1551), Deana, Deandra, Deane, Deann, Deanna (#1491), Dede, Dee, Deedee, Dena, Dian, Diandra, Diane, Diann, Dianna (#1877), Dianne, Dione, Dionna, Dionne, Dyan, Dyann, Dyanne, Selena (#249) and Tiana (#660). Other variants, like Diondra, are seldom used. These relations of Diana were at the top of their popularity in the 1950s (USAGE OF 3.3%) and are now significantly less conventional (USAGE 0.3%, 92.2%), with forms like Dianna becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diana, Artemis, Cynthia, Dayanna, Deana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Deandra, Deane, Deann, Deanna, Dede in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dee, Deedee, Dena, Dian, Diandra in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Diane, Diann, Dianna, Dianne, Dione in U.S.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Selena, Tiana in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selena, Tiana outside U.S.

Similar Names

Diana is pronounced similarly to Danae, Danay, Daney, Danna, Dannah, Danni, Danny, Dany, Deeanna, Deenya, Denay, Denia, Denny, Deona, Deonna, Dhana, Dinah, Dinya, Donia, Donni, Duayna, Duna, Dwana, Dyna and Dynah. Other recommended sound-alike names are Aliana, Amana, Bina, Chiana, Ciana, Cianna, Dahiana, Dama, Dane, Dara, Delana, Demiana, Dianda, Diza, Duane, Dwan, Dzana, Fiona, Flana, Giana, Gina, Iriana, Jiana, Jianna, Jilana, Jina, Joana, Juana, Kiana, Kinna, Kiona, Liana, Livana, Milana, Moana, Qiana, Quiana, Rhiana, Riana, Rihana, Rina, Riona, Ryana, Siana, Sianna, Siena, Tana, Tiahna, Viana and Virna. These names tend to be less frequently used than Diana.

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