Diane Name Meaning & Origin


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.

Related Names:

Dian, Diana, Dianne, Dyan, Dyann

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Comments and insights on the name Diane

Diane is a classic, elegant name for a baby girl. Pronounced Dy-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 name, ready for a return! Some great, strong, beautiful, talented women have been called Diane.

Aiden and Diane are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Diane is my middle name. It was my grandmother’s, mother's, and now my middle name. I don't like it and will not be passing it to my daughter.

Personal experiences with the name Diane

Diane was the title character in the French-American film "Seventh Heaven," circa @1937, starring Jimmy Stewart and Simone Simon. Many baby girls, including me, were named Diane after the film's theme song "Diane."

Nicknames for Diane

Di, Di-di, Dee, Dee Dee, Addie.

Meanings and history of the name Diane

The Roman goddess of the moon and the hunt, 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

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

"Diane," song by The Bachelors
"Diane," theme song from the film "Seventh Heaven" 1937, starring Simone Simon and Jimmy Stewart
"Diane," Side B of an LP by Montovani @1930's; side A song was "Charmaine."
Diane, character on TV's "Episodes"
Diane Nixon, main character in 2011 film "The Good Doctor"
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
"Jack and Diane," 2012 film
"Oh Diane," song by Fleetwood Mac
"Little Diane" by Dion

"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 about Diane de Poitiers, with Lana Turner
Pinkamena "Diane" Pie, character in animated series "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic"
Diane, the sin of envy in the anime "The Seven Deadly Sins."
Diane, from 2007 Why Did I Get Married? and 2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? movies
Diane Weston, main character from movie Sugar and Spice

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