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Gender: Female Meaning of Oriana: "dawn" Origin of Oriana: Latin

The name Oriana is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "dawn". Oriana and is often added to lists like Badass Princess Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

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 search for names that mean new beginnings or dawn.

Strong and exotic, 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 Fallaci, Italian journalist
Oriana Pooles, English actress
Oriana Panozzo, Australian actress
Oriana Civile, Italian singer
Oriana Bandiera, Italian economist
Oriana Scheuss, Swiss sport shooter
(Oriana) Clare Tickell, English affordable housing activist
Oriana Huxley Waller, cousin of novelist Aldous Huxley
Oriana Small, birth name of Ashley Blue, American adult film actress and radio personality

Pop Culture References for the name Oriana

Oriana, character in Fletcher's 'The Wild Goose Chase'
Oriana, character in Farquhar's 'The Inconstant'
Oriana, teasing, tormenting, brilliant woman in Beaumont and Fletcher's 'The Woman-hater'
Princess Oriana, character in 'Felix the Cat' (1959)
Oriana, 1861 painting by Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederick Sandys
Oriana, character in Gabriel Lord's '365 Days' book series
Oriana Lawson, minor character in the video games Mass Effect 2 and 3
"Oriana," 1985 Venezuelan film and its main character
Oriana, character in Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen's "A Fada Oriana" (The Fairy Oriana)

Orianna, Oria, Orieana, Orania, Oryan, Orelle, Orelda, Orane, Ori, Orian

Oriana's International Variations

Orianne, Oriane (French)


auroracallista Says:


Is this too similar to "aurora"? I think it would be so sweet to have my daughter connected to me with a name that has the same meaning as mine.

Azi*Cwater Says:


I like Oriana nn Nora

obow Says:


This is my name! I love it. Most people call me Ori, but my mom still calls me Oriana every time. I'm definitely the only Oriana that I know of in my generation (80's born), it seems to be gaining popularity though as I've heard it on little ladies in recent years.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

ladimon Says:


I like this, but I feel like too many people would assume it's Ariana when you say it.

Eleri Gwenllian Says:


Lovely and distinctive.

Beth Says:


I know an Oriana. Never heard the name before I met her, but now I rather like it.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I prefer Ariana.

Harmony Says:


My sister's name. She likes it. I've never met another girl with this name ^^

CourtneyAndCam Says:


I know an Orianna. It seems like a refreshing version of Arianna, which is pretty but has been used quite a bit.

ambg Says:


Reminds me of the League of Legends champion.