Gender: Female Meaning of Diane: "divine" Origin of Diane: French variation of Diana

Diane Origin and Meaning

The name Diane is a girl's name of French origin meaning "divine".

Like Joanne and Christine, middle-aged Diane has been overshadowed by the a-ending version of her name. Diane has a definite mid-century feel; it was a Top 20 name from 1946 to 1959. Though it has several distinguished bearers, including Dianes Sawyer, Keaton, von Furstenberg, Lane, Arbus, Kruger and Farr, it is rarely used for babies today.

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Pop Culture References for the name Diane

Dyane, Dionne, Dede, Dee, Deedee, Deanne, Dyanne, Dione, Dyann, Diahann, Dian, Dianne, Dyan, Di


dayjs Says:


It does sounds like "Die! Ann!".

dayjs Says:


I prefer Delilah over Diane because the latter sounds eerily similar to my name. Also Diane sounds boring.

dresdendoll Says:


I think Diane/Dianne is nearly a fresh choice. A timeless, centuries-old name, it connotes
classicism, royalty, strength, and beauty.

briarblossom Says:


I have both Diane and Diana in my family. Both are pretty.
One thing about Diane is it's a French name people don't think about when considering French names.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love both Diane and Diana. Both are currently underused, especially Diane, but in a way, that makes them excellent, slightly unusual choices. Di is cute.

marnie r Says:


Makes me think of Twin Peaks. "Diane, I'm holding in my hand a small box of chocolate bunnies."

Ruanne Says:


This might be ripe for return as a middle name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


This is not to say I dislike the name, but even when I was little, I thought Diane sounded like "Die, Anne."

Yara Says:


I actually like Diane better than Diana, because Diana sounds a little too fancy for me. I think Diane definitely deserves a comeback.

Zelliew Says:


I like Deanne too

clairels Says:


This may be the only mid-century name that I love. Imagine it on a beautiful young woman who's the only Diane in her school. I also like it when it's pronounced Dee-ane, the French way. I also much prefer it over Diana.

Guest Says:


Never really liked this name but the Vampire Weekend song Diane Young really turned me off it because it's supposed to sound like "dying young".