Diana (name)

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Diana of Versailles.jpg
Diana was the Roman goddess of the Hunt.
Meaningheavenly, divine
Other names
Related namesDiane, Dianna, Kiana

Diana is a feminine given name of Italian origin.[1][2]


Variants in other languages[edit]

Origin and diffusion[edit]

Diana recalls the Greek and Roman goddess Diana. Diana translates to Artemis form latin. [4][5] The name can be traced back to the Proto-Indo-European root dyeu or dyeus and div- meaning "to shine" or "sky", dius, deus and diwio, "deity, god, godlike" and [4] dium meaning Universe.[5] The meanings are therefore "heavenly", "holy", "divine", "demonic", "celestial", "cosmic", "nebulous", "chaotic", "abyssal", "void", "luminous", "shining",[4] and in a broader sense "which brings the day", "which has light", "which has divine power", "which belongs to the void/abyss/chaos" and "which comes from the Universe/outer space".

Diana was already in use as a given name in ancient Rome, but exclusively outside Christian circles, in which it was seen as a pagan name.[4] In Italy, the variant "Daiana", an adaptation based on the English pronunciation, is also common.[3] The French variant "Diane" gained popularity during the 19th century.[2]


Fictional people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Crusca 1830, p. 627.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Llewellyn 2011, p. 172.
  3. ^ a b Galgani 2005, p. 215.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Galgani 2005, p. 223.
  5. ^ a b c Albaigès 1993, p. 88.


  • Accademia della Crusca (1830). Dizionario della lingua italiana – Volume VII. Padua: Tipografia della Minerva.
  • Albaigès i Olivart, Josep M. (1993). Diccionario de nombres de personas. Edicions Universitat Barcelona. ISBN 84-475-0264-3.
  • Galgani, Fabio (2005). Onomastica Maremmana. Centro Studi Storici "A. Gabrielli".
  • Sheard, K. M. (2011). Llewellyn's Complete Book of Names. Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 0-7387-2368-1.