Diane: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Diane

Diane

Pronunciation: diy-AN (key)

Origin of the name Diane:

Derived from the Latin Diviana, which is from divus (divine). The name is borne in Roman mythology by the virgin goddess of the moon and of hunting.

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Comments and insights on the name Diane: | Edit

My name is Diane and my nickname is Dee Dee. I used Dee Dee until I grew up. Then Diane seemed more appropriate. I love my name.

The spelling with two n's (Dianne) makes more sense, pronunciation-wise...like Anne or Suzanne. In English, with an "e" ending, the preceding vowel would have a long sound (like "Di-AYNE"). But adding the extra "n" makes it, appropriately, a short "a" sound. Diane with one "n" came from the French, who pronounce it "Dee-Ahn."

A lovely, classic name...perfect for "bringing back"! Some great, strong, beautiful, talented women have been called Diane/Dianne!

Personal experiences with the name Diane: | Edit

My sister-in-law is named Diane but spelled Diahann after Diahann Carroll because her father had a crush on Diahann Carroll at the time.

My mum is called Diane, though she prefers Lady Di :) People always spell it Dianne, which really annoys her; and Dad is Gary, and people spell it Garry. I am Valerie and people spell it Valary, Valery...and my sister is Ione and people spell it Ionee, Ionie, and Iony. Wow, we have a lot of variations to our names!!

My name is Dianne, and my whole life it's been spelled incorrectly...like Diane. I always have to tell everyone, "Dianne, with 2 n's"!

I always liked this name; it made me think of a girl who is popular, perky and classy. It was popular when I was a kid (in the 50's and 60's). I was surprised when years later a woman I worked with in the 90's (who was about my
age) asked me if I ever heard of the name Diane. I said yes, I knew quite a few girls named Diane in school. She said she never heard of it before and never knew anyone named that. And she has lived in the U.S. all her life!

Nicknames for Diane: | Edit

D, Di, Didi, Addie

Meanings and history of the name Diane: | Edit

The Roman goddess of forests, fertility, and the hunt who is most often depicted holding a bow and arrows (also known as Artemis).

Alternative spellings: Dian, Dyan, Dianne, Diana, Dianna

Famous real-life people named Diane: | Edit

Diane de Poitiers (1499-1566), French noblewoman and courtesan
Diane Keaton, American actress
Diane Kruger, German actress (Troy, Inglourious Basterds)
Diane Sawyer, American newscaster
Diane Lane, American actress
Diane Rehm, WAMU radio host
Diane Schurr, jazz musician
Diane Ladd, actress ("Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore")
Diane von Fürstenberg, clothing designer
Diane Disney, Walt Disney's daughter
Diane Warren, American songwriter
Diane Arbus, American photographer

Diane in song, story & screen: | Edit

Diane, character (played by Catherine Keener, portraying daughter of Jane Fonda's character) in the 2011 film "Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding"
"Jack and Diane," song by John Cougar Mellencamp
"Oh Diane," song by Fleetwood Mac
"My Diane," song by the Beach Boys
"Diane," song by Guster, also The Bachelors, (Miles Davis on 2 albums)
Diane Chambers, lead character of television series "Cheers," played by Shelley Long
Diane Shaver, the murder victim in the 1993 film, "The Vanishing"
Diane Farrow, in the 1992 film "Love Potion No. 9"
Diane Barrows, in the 1995 film "It Takes Two"
Character in 1930 movie "Seventh Heaven"
Steak Diane
"Diane," 1956 film with Lana Turner

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