Of Latin origin.
Derives from an Indo-European root, meaning “divine”.
Associated with “Dyeus”, which is believed that was the chief deity of prehistoric Proto-Indo-European societies.
In Roman mythology, Diana was the goddess of hunting, the moon, and childbirth.
She is identified with the Greek goddess Artemis.
Several characters with this name appear in the literature.
Diana has been a common name since the Renaissance.
Other forms of the name are Diane, Di, Dianna.
Diana is a popular name in Portugal.
Famous bearers are Princess Diana, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Diana Rigg, Diana Amft, Diana Muldaur.
Diana, Princess of Wales, was probably the most popular, even adored member of British royal family.
She was associated with numerous charities, leading several campaigns, such as AIDS awareness and against the use of inhumane weapons.
At the same time, she became a worldwide style and fashion icon.