Oriana Origin and Meaning

The name Oriana is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "dawn".

Oriana is a dashing medieval name, with a meaning similar to Aurora. At this point, though, Oriana is much more unusual than Aurora and makes a unique choice if you're searching for names that mean new beginnings or dawn.

Strong and evocative, 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. Oriana Fallaci was a feminist Italian journalist who interviewed many world leaders in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

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Famous People Named Oriana

  • Oriana FallaciItalian journalist
  • Oriana PoolesEnglish actress
  • Oriana PanozzoAustralian actress
  • Oriana CivileItalian singer
  • Oriana BandieraItalian economist
  • Oriana ScheussSwiss sport shooter
  • (Oriana) Clare TickellEnglish affordable housing activist
  • Oriana Huxley Wallercousin of novelist Aldous Huxley
  • Oriana Smallbirth name of Ashley Blue, American adult film actress and radio personality

Oriana in Pop Culture

  • Orianacharacter in Fletcher's 'The Wild Goose Chase'
  • Orianacharacter in Farquhar's 'The Inconstant'
  • Orianateasing, tormenting, brilliant woman in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'The Woman,hater'
  • Princess Orianacharacter in 'Felix the Cat' (1959)
  • Oriana1861 painting by Pre,Raphaelite artist Frederick Sandys
  • Orianacharacter in Gabriel Lord's '365 Days' book series
  • Oriana Lawsonminor character in the video games Mass Effect 2 and 3
  • "Oriana" 1985 Venezuelan film and its main character
  • Orianacharacter in Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's "A Fada Oriana" (The Fairy Oriana)