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.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Diane: | Edit

Diane is a classic, beautiful, elegant name for a baby girl. Pronounced Die-anne.

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.

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

Personal experiences with the name Diane: | Edit

I have a close friend named Diane. She and her many sisters and brother have been great friends to me for several years. This name is absolutely lovely. It is a great, simple, classic name that has inspired so many other names from it. I love this name, I really, really do. It is also my best friend in the whole world's middle name! Funny thing is, her and my friend whose first name is Diane share the same birthday. Great name!

This was my deceased maternal aunt's name. She died a long, long time ago, in the 60's. Considering I was born many, many decades later, none of my family even has any memory of her, since she was only five when she passed and my mother was even younger. But because of her, my sister's middle name is now Diane in her memory. This is a very beautiful name. I love it.

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

Dee, Dee Dee, 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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