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Gender: F Meaning of Diana: "divine" Origin of Diana: Latin Diana's Popularity in 2015: #295

Diana, the tragic British princess, inspired many fashions, but strangely, not one for her name. The classic and lovely moon-goddess name Diana hovered for years around Number 100, though now it's dipped down to Number 295, its lowest point since the late 1930s. But for us, Diana is a gorgeous and still-underused choice.

Diana is the Latin name for the Roman goddess associated with the moon, virginity, and hunting; she is the protector of wild animals, represented in myth as both beautiful and chaste.

Two of her most prominent bearers today are singers Diana (born Diane) Ross and Krall. Fictional Dianas appear in All's Well That Ends Well, Jane Eyre, and Anne of Green Gables.

Now that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, perhaps this name will finally attract more attention and greater use.

Famous People Named Diana

Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales
Diane Earnestine Earle "Diana" Ross, American singer of The Supremes
Diana Blanche Barrymore Blythe, American actress; aunt of actress Drew Barrymore
Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Manners Cooper, Viscountess Norwich, English actress and socialite
Diana Dors (born Diana Mary Fluck), English actress
Diana Damrau, German operatic soprano
Diana Jean Krall, Canadian jazz singer
Diana Freeman-Mitford, Lady Mosley, English writer and socialite
(Enid) Diana Elizabeth Rigg, English actress
Diana Vickers, English singer-songwriter
Diana Vreeland, American fashion editor
Diana Wynne Jones, English novelist
Diana Paulette Wallis, English politician
Diana Agron, American actress
Diana Munz, American Olympic swimmer
Diana Louise DeGette, American Congresswoman from Colorado
Diana Nicole DeGarmo, American pop singer
Diana Moldovan, Romanian model
Diana Spencer-Churchill, daughter of British prime minister Winston Churchill
Diana Beverly Matheson, Canadian soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Diana

Diana, Roman Goddess of the moon and hunting
Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, DC Comics superheroine
Diana Goodman, character in musical "Next to Normal"
Diana Reid, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Diana Ladris, character in the Gone series by Michael Grant
Diana Morales, character in musical "A Chorus Line"
Diana Barry, character in L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series
Diana, character in Shakespeare's "All's Well That Ends Well"
Diana, character in video game "Rule of Rose"
Diana, daughter of Artemis and Luna in anime 'Sailor Moon'
Diana Lombard, character on TV's 'Martin Mystery'
Diana, character on Philippine TV's "Dyosa"
Diana, character in manga and anime "MÄR"
Diana, character on TV's "V"
Diana A, mecha in anime "Mazinger Z"
Diana, Scorn of the Moon, character in video game "League of Legends"
Diana the Acrobat, character in the Dungeons & Dragons animated series
"Diana," song by Paul Anka
"Diana," song by One Direction
"Dirty Diana," song by Michael Jackson
Diana Wrayburn, character from Cassandra Clare's "The Mortal Instruments" and "The Dark Artifices" series
Diana Rivers, character from Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre"

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