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Gender: Female Meaning of Diana: "divine" Origin of Diana: Latin Diana's Popularity in 2017: #230

The name Diana is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "divine". Diana is ranked #230 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".

From the experts:

Diana, the tragic British princess, inspired many fashions, but strangely, not one for her name. 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.

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Famous People Named Diana

Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales, former wife of Prince Charles
Diane Earnestine Earle "Diana" Ross, American singer of The Supremes
Saint Diana d'Andalo, Italian nun
Diana Blanche Barrymore Blythe, American actress; aunt of actress Drew Barrymore
Diana Olivia Winifred Maud Manners Cooper, Viscountess Norwich, English actress and socialite
Diana Ruth (McConnel) Wellesley, Duchess of Wellington
Diana Dors (born Diana Mary Fluck), English actress
Diana Damrau, German operatic soprano
Diana Jean Krall, Canadian jazz singer
Diana Lorena Taurasi, American basketball player
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 Amado aka Diana Chamomile, YouTuber
Diana Wynne Jones, English novelist
Angela Vittoria "Diana" Torrieri, Italian actress
Diana Paulette Wallis, English politician
Diana Munz, American Olympic swimmer
Diana Louise DeGette, American Congresswoman from Colorado
Diana Nicole DeGarmo, American pop singer and actress
Diana Moldovan, Romanian model
Diana Spencer-Churchill, daughter of British prime minister Winston Churchill
Diana Beverly Matheson, Canadian soccer player
Diana J. Gabaldon, American novelist
Diana Mariana Vitória Álvares Pereira de Melo, Princess of Orléans, 11th Duchess of Cadaval; wife of Prince Charles-Philippe, Duke of Anjou
Diana Starkova, French beauty queen; Miss Europe 2016
Diana Charlton Muldaur, American actress
Diana (born Ana Maria Siqueira Iorio), Brazilian pop singer
Diana Myzherytska, Ukrainian rhythmic gymnast
Diana Doman, Azebaijani rhythmic gymnast
Diana Bulimar, Romanian artistic gymnast and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist
Diana Cheralu, Romanian artistic gymnast and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist

Pop Culture References for the name Diana

Diana, Roman Goddess of the moon and hunting
Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman, DC Comics superheroine
Diana Tierney Sin Ohne, character in Sherin Subhan's book series on Wattpad "The Von Meer Academy"
Diana Vernon, character in Sir Walter Scott's "Rob Roy."
Diana Goodman, character in musical "Next to Normal"
Diana Reid, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Diana Walter, character in "Lights Out"
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"
Diana Villiers, character in Patrick O'Brian's "Aubrey-Maturin" series

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Daiseymae Says:


Lovely name!

Bobcat108 Says:


I would really like this name...except it was ruined by a high school classmate named Diana who had an extremely unpleasant personality. Sigh.

josephinedagnall Says:


Diana has got to be one of my all time favourite names! It's beautiful and feminine without being too lacy, ages well from infancy to adulthood, and has the associations of a British princess, the Roman goddess of the hunt, and Wonder Woman. I think Isabelle Diana would make a beautiful combination.

bethlena Says:


Would make a lovely middle name!

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I've always thought this was a lovely name. It bugs me that there's such a prejudice against it in my country. I associate Diana with Anne of Green Gables and Jane Eyre. If Wonder Woman lessens that prejudice, so much the better.

Myosotis Says:


I'm starting to feel the same way. I used to find it quite dated and not very interesting, but after watching Wonder Woman, hearing it on a child and such a badass character, I'm warming to it. Sadly, I don't think I could ever regularly say it as beautifully as they did in the film, but it certainly feels feistier now.

Ruanne Says:


Was watching Wonder Woman last weekend, and the little child actor was so cute. Hearing the other characters call the little girl Diana made me think, that's actually a pretty but dynamic name which would grow up well with a girl.

She's also both a super hero and a princess, which, as with Princess Leia, is a good balance for a role model - a princess who can rescue herself and others when necessary. :)

scblovesnames Says:


This doesn't sound at all similar to me. I love it.

scblovesnames Says:


I know someone with the name of Dianamarie, and it is definitely a pretty name. She goes by Diana, and this name is definitely one I like because it is a family name, but I have always been unsure of it as a first name, however it could be used as a middle or second middle name.

mibbler Says:


It seriously has the best associations - it's been worn by a princess, a goddess, a Supreme and Wonder Woman!

TheSlothPrincess Says:


This is on my list of potential baby names. I think it is very beautiful and sophisticated. It sounds regal without being pretentious.

Haids1987 Says:


Beautiful, feminine, rich in history, lovely connotations. I love Diana.

CaitlinBrittin Says:


What about the sibset of Daphne and Diana? Are these names too similar that they fall into the 'so matchy that you would roll your eyes if you heard it' category or are they a good balance of connected but not the same?

hufflepuff Says:


Diana is a lovely name with all the best qualities... Easy to say and spell, sounds beautiful, translates well to other languages, has a notable history and mythological associations... and yet it's not super popular! I'm really surprised (and glad) that this name remains hidden in plain sight. I love the name Diana.

headintheclouds Says:


I was very small when Princess Diana passed away, so I never really associated the name Diana with her. I think of Diana from the Anne of Green Gables series, and how Anne would lament that her friend's name was so pretty and exotic while hers was so plain and homey :b Diana is a lovely, serene, ethereal name, and versatile + international, which is a plus. The association with the moon and archery goddess is awesome, too.

I'm surprised it's not more popular than it currently is (below the 250s spot); I'm guessing it's maybe because it seems dated to most people since the height of public interest in Princess Diana was years ago?

Jinxgirl Says:


Beautiful, classic, uncommon, I would use it.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I prefer this to Diane, because when I say Diane I feel like saying the "a" part like in Diana. Plus I love the nickname Di!

Dspisces1407 Says:


My mom spells it Dianna and I find that prettier but it's a beautiful name

EvaThyssen Says:


DEE-anna or dee-ANNA? In Spanish, Diana is pronounced dee-A-na (the As, like car).

Dianna starling Says:


I spell my name Dianna just so it can be a little diffrents

raevynstar Says:


Beautiful name!!!!!

lexibatt Says:


i dont really like this

Guest Says:


I just don't like that die syllable. Otherwise I'd like it.

Plutophelia Says:


I love this name, especially when it's pronounced "Dee-Ahna".

Cloverish Says:


I really love this name. It hits that sweet spot between familiar, but not too old or overused.