Diana Name Meaning

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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?

In 1946, the name Diana reached number 42 on the U.S. popularity charts, and continued to enjoy moderate success for several decades. In 1980, the name was at number 118, but it spiked to number 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 298 in 2014. Since then, it has risen to rank 244th in 2020.

The name may get a boost from the latest generation of British royals. Both sons of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, have given their daughters the middle name Diana. Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (born 2015) is the daughter of Prince William. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor (born 2021) is the daughter of Prince Harry.

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)
  • Diane (English)
  • Dianna (English)
  • Diannah (Latin)
  • Dyanna (Latin)

Similar Names

 Similar sounding names to Diana:

  • Dahlia
  • Dia
  • Diahann
  • Diamante
  • Diamond
  • Dianada
  • Diantha

Suggested Sibling Names

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

  • Alexander
  • Amelia
  • Bradley
  • Cassandra
  • David
  • Eliza
  • Freya
  • James
  • Roan
  • Sophia

Famous People Named Diana

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

Famous Dianas:

  • 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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