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Gender: F Meaning of Oriana: "dawn" Origin of Oriana: Latin

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Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. Strong and exotic, Oriana also has an admirable literary resume. In medieval tales, she was the beloved of the knight Amadis, she appears in at least three seventeenth century plays, and there is an early Tennyson poem called The Ballad of Oriana. Oriana was also sometimes used to refer to Queen Elizabeth I.

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Famous People Named Oriana

Oriana Pooles, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Oriana

Formed from Latin oriri "to rise" (participle oriens) and intended to mean "dawn, sunrise"
There are female characters who bear the name in Fletcher's play 'The Wild Goose Chase' and Farquhar's 'The Inconstant'; she also appears as a teasing, tormenting, brilliant woman in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'The Woman-hater'
Oriana, character in Gabriel Lord's '365 Days' book series
Oriane, villain in Kate Mosse's 'Labyrinth' book-turned-miniseries

Orane, Orania, Orelda, Orelle, Ori, Oria, Orian, Orianna, Orieana, Oryan

Oriana's International Variations

Orianne, Oriane (French)