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

The name Diane is a girl's name of French origin meaning "divine". Diane and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven / Hell / Purgatory Girls".

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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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Famous People Named Diane

Diane de France, suo jure Duchess of Angoulême, daughter of King Henry II of France
Diane de Poitiers, 16th-century French noblewoman, prominent courtier of King Francis I and King Henry II
Diane Arbus, American photographer
Diane Keaton, American actress
Diane Simone Michelle (Halfin) von Furstenberg, Belgian-American fashion designer
Diane Kruger, German actress and model
Diane Colleen Lane, American actress
Diane Ladd (born Rose Diane Ladner), American actress
Diane Julie Abbott, British Shadow Home Secretary
Diane Kathleen Murphy, American former child actress, twin sister Erin Murphy
Diane Eve Warren, American songwriter
Diane Farr, American actress
Diane Marie Disney Miller, elder daughter of Walt Disney
Diane O'Meara, young American woman unintentionally involved in the 2013 Manti Te'o hoax case
Diane Franklin, American actress
Diane Neal, American actress
Diane Tell, Canadian pop-jazz singer-songwriter
Diane Judith Nash, American civil rights activist
Diane Pamela Wood, U.S. federal judge
Diane Guerrero, American actress and activist
Diane English, American screenwriter, producer, and director
(Lila) Diane Sawyer, American TV journalist

Pop Culture References for the name Diane

Diane Johnson, young daughter on TV's "Black-ish"
Diane Nixon, main character in 2011 film "The Good Doctor," played by Riley Keough
Diane "Jackie" Torrance, character in Castle Rock
"Jack and Diane," 2012 film starring Juno Temple as Diane
Diane Freeling, one of the lead characters in "Poltergeist," played by JoBeth Williams
Diane, main character in 2012 film "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding," played by Catherine Keener
Diane, character on TV's "Episodes"
Diane, lead character in 1937 film "Seventh Heaven"
"Diane," theme song from 1937 film "Seventh Heaven," starring Simone Simon and Jimmy Stewart
Diane Holmes, character in TV movie "Under the Mistletoe"
Diane Chambers, character on TV's "Cheers"
Diane Symonds, character in "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You"
Diane Barrows, character in film "It Takes Two"
Diane Jenkins, character from American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Diane Sterling-Fornell-Gibbs, a character in "NCIS"
Diane, character on TV's "The Strain"
Pinkamena Diane Pie, character in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"
Diane, character on AMC's "The Walking Dead"
Diane, character in book/TV series "Alias Grace"
"Jack and Diane," song by John Cougar Mellencamp
"Little Diane," song by Dion
"My Diane," song by The Beach Boys
"Oh Diane," song by Fleetwood Mac from the album "Mirage"
"Diane Young," song by Vampire Weekend
"Diane," 1956 film about Diane de Poitiers, with Lana Turner
Diane's Beachwear, California clothing store
Steak Diane
Diane, character from the manga and anime series "The Seven Deadly Sins"
Diane Nguyen, feminist/author character on "BoJack Horseman"
Diane Court, co-lead character in iconic film "Say Anything," played by Ione Skye

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".