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Quick Facts on Tiana

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 545
Simple meaning:
Disney Princess; Uncertain origin and meaning

Characteristics of Tiana

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Tiana

Tiana is an English short form of the name Tatiana. Tatiana is a name of early Russian Christian origin in homage to a 3rd century saint who was martyred in Rome for her Christian beliefs under the pagan Emperor Alexander Severus. Her father had been a Roman civil servant who secretly raised Tatiana with his Christian beliefs and eventually she would become a deaconess in the Church. The Romans captured her and when she refused to pray to their god Apollo, she was blinded and tortured. Miraculously, an earthquake shook the Apollo temple and his statue fell. Unmoved, the Romans then threw her into a lion’s cage during a circus – but again, miraculously, the lions refused to come near her. Finally, she was beheaded. It certainly seems that during antiquity, the Romans loved to indiscriminately kill Christians and that Christians happily embraced death for their faith. The Church is riddled with these stories, and Tatiana is no exception. The Eastern Orthodox Church (Byzantium Empire) embraced this story more so than the western Roman Catholic Church, which is how Tatiana became particularly popular in Russia, Eastern European and other Slavic nations. St. Tatiana is also the patron saint of students. The name Tatiana is actually the feminine form of an old Roman family name Tatius, from the Latin “tatianus” of unknown origin. In Roman tradition, Titus Tatius was King of the Sabines in the 8th century B.C. who later co-ruled with Romulus over all the Sabines and Latins. Therefore, it is commonly believed that Tatiana is ultimately derived from a Sabine word now defunct with forgotten meaning. Tatiana is still mainly used in Russia (with the pet form being Tanya) and other Slavic and/or Eastern European nations. English-speakers did not adopt the name until the late 20th century. Tiana is generally thought of as the pet form of Tatiana – although it is sometimes considered a short form of Christiana as well.

Popularity of the Name Tiana

Tiana first appeared on the American naming charts in 1975 and has been a particular favorite girl’s name for Hawaiians (the Aloha State has ranked Tiana on their Top 50 list of most popular girl names from 1983-2004). Nationwide, Tiana has experienced low to moderate levels of success since her debut in the mid-1970s. It’s unclear to us what propelled the sudden usage of Tiana in Hawaii; perhaps it has something to do with the Chinese word “Tian” meaning ‘heaven’. In the past couple of years, the lovely name Tiana has reached a wider audience. What happened? You can thank the Walt Disney Company. Tiana is a fictional character and the heroine of Disney's 2009 film “The Princess and the Frog” (loosely based on the 2002 novel “The Frog Princess” by E.D. Baker). In the Disney movie, Tiana is an African-American princess, a waitress and aspiring restaurateur living in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the Jazz Age. The name Tiana jumped an impressive 300+ positions on the charts between 2009 and 2010 – and became a favorite among African-Americans. Tiana reminds us of other Disney princesses whose names have been likewise impacted on the female naming charts (Ariel, Jasmine, and Aurora come to mind). In fact, some people insist that Tiana is the Greek word for ‘princess’ (but this is simply not true). There is no true linguistic origin for this name that we can find (except that Tiana means ‘donated’ in Swahili and Tian means ‘heaven’ in Chinese).
Popularity of the Girl Name Tiana
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tiana

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Tiana

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tiana

    Tiana We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Tiana.

  • Popular Songs on Tiana

    Popular Songs on Tiana

    Tiana - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Tiana.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Tiana

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Tiana

    Disney Princess Enchanted Ultimate Sticker Book (DK Publishing) - Make all your fairy-tale dreams come true with more than 60 full-color reusable stickers featuring nine magical Disney Princesses, including Tiana. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Disney Princess: Tiana: The Grand Opening (Helen Perelman) - Tiana has always dreamed of having her own restaurant, and now her dream is about to come true. The grand opening is just around the corner, and all of Tiana’s friends and family will be there, along with a famous food critic! But suddenly everything starts to go wrong. Her bandleader Louis loses his prized trumpet. Then the power goes out after the guests arrive. Will the princess be able to fix things in time, or will her big night be a royal disaster? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Princess Bedtime Stories (Disney Enterprises Inc.) - A new addition to the bestselling series, this storybook collection is filled with eighteen delightful stories featuring the Disney Princesses, including Tiana. With over 250 beautiful illustrations and gilded pages, this charming collection will have little girls drifting off to sleep with visions of their favorite princesses in their heads. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Art of the Disney Princess (Glen Keane) - Every little girl has a favorite Disney Princess--and for that matter, every grown-up girl, too! In The Art of the Disney Princess, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world have re-imagined their favorite princesses and portrayed them in a variety of mediums. Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, and Cinderella are newly incarnated in water color, pastel, oil paint, colored pencil, mixed media, and computer graphics pieces that range from the traditional to the unconventional. This artwork has been created especially for this museum-quality book, which is sure to delight art lovers, Disney collectors, and any prince or princess who ever believed that fairytales do come true. Recommended for all ages.

    The Princess and the Frog Little Golden Book (RH Disney) - Walt Disney Pictures presents The Princess and the Frog….Meet Tiana—Disney's newest princess. Her big dreams are put on hold when she is transformed into a frog! Discover how she finds love and learns all about what is truly important in the Little Golden Book retelling of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    The Princess and the Frog: Tiana's Cookbook: Recipes for Kids (Cindy Littlefield) - Set in Jazz Age New Orleans, The Princess and the Frog introduces Tiana, a young African-American girl who dreams of owning her own restaurant. This kid-friendly cookbook features recipes inspired by Tiana and the other characters in the film. With simple instructions, large photographs, and charming character art, the book features everything from Tiana’s Famous Beignets and Swamp-Water Smoothies to Ray's Mud Pie and Banana French Toast. A five-frog rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Tiana

    Famous People Named Tiana

    Famous People Named Tiana - Tiana Bighorse (writer); Tiana Benjamin (actress); Tiana Brown (dancer); Tiana Lemnitz (German operatic soprano); Tiana Xiao (J-Pop singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Tiana

    Children of Famous People Named Tiana

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Tiana - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Tiana.

  • Historic Figures

    Tiana - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Tiana - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tiana.

Personality of the Girl Name Tiana

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Tiana

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