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Quick Facts on Diana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 270
Simple meaning:
Divine, sky

Characteristics of Diana

  • Cooperative
  • Considerate
  • Compassionate
  • Nurturing
  • Sensitive
  • Patient
  • Loving
  • Kind
  • Gracious
  • Balanced

Etymology & Historical Origin - Diana

The name Diana is borne from Roman mythology by the goddess of the hunt and the moon (in Greek mythology her name is Artemis). Diana was the daughter of the king of all Roman gods, Jupiter, and the twin sister of Apollo, god of the arts and the sun. Diana was an important figure in Roman pagan civilization particularly among the plebeians (before Christianity was adopted as the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380). In Roman mythology, Diana is characterized as beautiful, a skillful huntress, chaste (a virgin who swears never to marry), and a protector of childbirth. The name is most likely borrowed from the Greek word “dios” which means ‘of Zeus’ (Zeus being the Greek equivalent to the Roman Jupiter). ‘Of Zeus’ would of course translate to ‘divine.’ The ancient word “divios” also means ‘sky’ which is appropriate since Diana was the moon goddess. The name Diana was brought to England by way of the French (who use “Diane”) and the virgin goddess was a favorite reference among Elizabethan poets and playwrights. As a given name, however, Diana did not come into widespread usage until the late 1800s. Prior, Christians especially were reluctant to bestow this pagan name upon their daughters.

Popularity of the Name Diana

At the beginning of the 20th century in America, the name Diana was used for little girls, although her popularity was moderate at best. As the decades persisted into the last century, Diana slowly but surely began to climb the charts. The name landed a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly-used girl names in 1941. Diana would definitely be considered a mid-century favorite (like Linda, Patricia and Barbara), having achieved her highest point of popularity from the late 1940s through the early 1960s. It appeared the name was going out of style in 1976 when Diana fell off the Top 100 list for the first time in over 30 years. This reversal on the charts would be abruptly challenged in 1981 when Lady Diana Spencer became engaged to the future king of England, Prince Charles of Wales. This shy and beautiful young lady would add some much needed currency to this waning name. For the next 30 years, Diana would maintain an average position on the charts around 100. Only in the past couple of years has the name made what appears to be more permanent jumps back down the charts. Diana is now barely on the Top 200 list. We must admit Diana does feel a little out-dated for today’s parents, but it is still a “divinely” beautiful name!
Popularity of the Girl Name Diana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Diana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Diana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Diana

    Diana (Mythology) As mentioned above, Diana was the Roman goddess of the hunt and the moon, and an important pagan symbol to the Greeks and Romans for centuries. She was one of the three maiden goddesses (along with Minerva and Vesta) who maintained their virginity and swore never to marry. She is depicted in mythology, poetry and literature as a slim and beautiful goddess, a skillful huntress, and extremely talented with the bow and arrow. One of the most famous stories of Diana (Artemis in Greek mythology) took place during the Trojan War in the 12th century B.C. The epic 10 year Greek battle between Sparta and Troy raged when Paris of Troy took the beautiful Helen from her husband Menelaus, the king of Sparta. As the Greeks gathered their giant fleet of ships in the port of Aulis, the winds suddenly ceased and they could not launch. Apparently, Diana was punishing the Greek commander Agamemnon for killing one of her beloved animals and for bragging that he was a better hunter than she. The only way he could appease her was to sacrifice his own daughter Iphigenia. Agamemnon does as he is told and Diana restores the wind so that the Greeks go on to destroy Troy. It’s another typical mythological tale wherein the gods and goddesses amuse themselves by toying with the mortals like pieces on a chess board.

  • Popular Songs on Diana

    Popular Songs on Diana

    Brigidine Diana - a song by Sinead O'Connor

    Diana - a song by The Misfits

    Diana - a song by Nerf Herder

    Diana - a song by Paul Anka

    Diana - a song by Bryan Adams

    Dirty Diana - a song by Michael Jackson

    Jack and Diane - a song by John Mellencamp

    What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana - a song by Merle Haggard

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Diana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Diana

    Diana Wynne Jones: The Fantastic Tradition and Children's Literature (Farah Mendlesohn) - British author Diana Wynne Jones has been writing speculative fiction for children for more than thirty years. A clear influence on more recent writers such as J.K. Rowling, her humorous and exciting stories of wizard's academies, dragons and griffins, many published for children but read by all ages, are also complexly structured and thought provoking critiques of the fantasy tradition. This book will be of interest to Jones's many admirers and to those who study fantasy and children's literature. With the rise in interest in "Harry Potter", there has been an accompanying renaissance of critical interest in Jones's work. This book, however, is the first sustained, single-author study of Jones's work, written by a renowned science fiction critic and historian. In addition to providing an overview of her work, Farah Mendlesohn also examines Jones's important critiques of the fantastic tradition's ideas about childhood and adolescence. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Diana, Princess of Wales: Young Royalty (Beatrice Gormley) - Diana Spencer grew up to be the princess of Wales. But when she was a little girl, she did not dream she would become a princess. When she was still quite young, her older sisters went off to boarding school and her parents decided to live apart. This was very difficult for sensitive Diana, and her self-esteem began to suffer. Things were not helped when she began feeling inferior to not only an accomplished older sister, but also her clever younger brother. Diana was a good athlete and was gifted at connecting with other people. Still, she struggled to find her place in the world. Diana thought marrying the Prince of Wales would make everything okay in her life. Joining the royal family did bring her some happiness, but in other ways it brought her tremendous pain. Read about the little girl who struggled to find herself and became one of the most famous and beloved women in history. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Princess Diana (DK Publishing) - Perfect for book reports or casual reading, DK's acclaimed Biography series tackles two of history's most inspiring and colorful figures: Princess Diana and Eleanor Roosevelt. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Diana

    Famous People Named Diana

    Famous People Named Diana - Diana, Princess of Wales (royalty); Diana Krall (jazz artist); Diana Ross (singer/entertainer); Diana Damrau (opera singer); Diana Muldaur (actress); Diana Luna (golfer); Diana Lynn (actress); Diana Vishneva (ballerina)

  • Children of Famous People Named Diana

    Children of Famous People Named Diana

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Diana - Earl Spencer (Princess Diana’s father); Veronica Lake (actress)

Personality of the Girl Name Diana

The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.

Variations of the Baby Name - Diana

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