Diana Name Meaning

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What Does Diana Mean?

If you’re looking for a regal name for your newborn, Diana is fit for a queen.

With Greek, Latin, and Indo-European origins, the name Diana means “Divine.” Diana was a Roman goddess of many arenas, including hunting, forests, the moon, and fertility. The name is related to the Latin words for “sky” and “daylight." The Roman goddess was known for her beauty.

  • Origin: Diana is an Indo-European name meaning “Divine.”
  • Gender: Diana is more commonly used as a girl name.
  • Pronunciation: die-AN-uh

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Diana?

The name Diana has maintained popularity over the years. In 1946 the name reached No. 42, and enjoyed moderate success for several decades. In 1980 the name stayed at No. 118, but spiked to No. 63 in 1982. That was the year after Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer.

Data from the Social Security Administration shows the name has declined in popularity since, dipping as low as 269 in 2016.

However, a recent high-profile selection of Diana may spark another peak. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex chose Diana as their newborn daughter’s middle name. Prince Harry and Meghan gave their daughter the middle name in honor of Harry's late mother.

Name Variations

The following are variations of the name Diana:

  • Dayann (Latin)
  • Dayanna (Latin)
  • Deana (Latin)
  • Deandra (American)
  • Deanna (English)
  • Dee (Welsh)
  • Dena (English)
  • Diandra (Greek)
  • Diannah (Latin)
  • Dyanna (Latin)

Similar Names

 Similar sounding names to Diana:

  • Dia
  • Diahann
  • Diamante
  • Diamond
  • Diamonique
  • Diamontina
  • Dianada
  • Diane
  • Dianne
  • Diantha

Suggested Sibling Names

If you're looking for sibling names for Diana, here are some popular options:

  • Amelia
  • Ashtyn
  • Austyn
  • Brad
  • Cassie
  • Elissa
  • Jaxon
  • Kameron
  • Roan
  • Sonya

Famous People Named Diana

Actresses, singers, dancers, and British royalty are among some of the notable people who share the name Diana.

Famous Dianas:

  • Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Diana DeGarmo, American singer, songwriter, and actress
  • Diana Ross, American singer, actress, and record producer
  • Diana Taurasi, American professional basketball player in the WNBA
  • Diana Vishneva, Russian ballerina

Famous Dianes:

  • Diane Keaton, Award-winning American actress, and filmmaker
  • Diane Ladd, American actress
  • Diane Macedo, American news personality
  • Diane Sawyer, American television broadcast journalist
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator from California

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    1. Social Security Administration. Popularity of the Name Diana. Updated 2020.