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A few facts about the girl's name Diana:

  • Records indicate that 351,297 girls in the United States have been named Diana since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1957, when 9,419 people in the U.S. were given the name Diana. Those people are now 63 years old.

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      34 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Diana I am 63 and always liked It. It?s not a common name , not many people have it. When people call me Diane, I just say just say, ?a?. I say it?s Diana. My granddaughters middle name is Diana also and I love that. It fits her name perfectly. It?s just a simple name and it fit my personality with its meaning perfectly. I?ve been called Lady Di and Lady D" Oct. 30, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father tells me I was named Diana at the last minute for Princess Diana of Wales, a respectable royal who was present in the charity scene and more. It makes me happy! :D The name itself gives me confidence, though I've had to switch between the English and Spanish pronunciations of my name a lot due to my origin country. The thing that probably bothers me the most about having the name is the lack of a good nickname that you can give (Unless you want to be called Die-Anna, A.E. this one's for you). Overall, I love my name! :D" Jun. 1, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name's diana, and i love it! reminds me of wonder woman (diana prince). as most everyone else, i HATE being called diane! why when you say your name is diana and write it as diana do people call you diane? this has given me some new ways to handle and correct people when they call me diane. there's nothing wrong with the name diane, but it's not mine!" Dec. 31, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi ! My name is Diana. Usually friends call me Didi/DeeDee but my cousins call me Dia. Since I can remember, people wrote and pronounced it wrong! Since I'm from Croatia, they wrote my name Dijana which I hate most than anything and since I first started to talk I correct them. When someone asked me what's my name I would always say " Diana without J". I actually love my name. It's not that common and sounds really 'heavenly' ;))" Dec. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana Elizabeth and I love it! It's a gorgeous name and I've always gotten compliments on it. I'm named directly after my great grandmother, Diana Elizabeth, who was born in 1888, so the name is timeless. I think it sounds regal. I dislike it when people call me Diane. It sounds blah, or plain. But Diana sounds like royalty. I go by Di with my family." Dec. 5, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana I love my name :D my mom calls me Princess Diana and i just love it <3" Jan. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana and I LOVE it! Yeah I get called Diane a lot too but I actually like it. Many people don't know that it's the same name, it's just the French language translation. Both forms mean "Heavenly, Divine" so I think they are both cute. Plus Diane is my mothers middle name, I was named after her. We are both "Divine". :p" Jun. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana also, and I was born in 1983. I cannot stand when people call me Diane!! They're leaving out a whole extra syllable in my name, trying to take a shortcut in saying it or something! I hate it so much! My name has an "A" at the end not a silent "E!" ARGH!" Mar. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is diana and i love it i hate been caled diane i get called diane by some of my family and some spell my name dianna my name is diana and i am proud of it" Jan. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "i hate it when people spell my name Dianna or if i am called Diane but i am ok with Dana or Di as nicknames.i have never met anyone with the same name as me but my mother's middle name is Diana." Oct. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana Marie, and I can honestly say that I really dont mind being called Diane, DeDe, De, Didi, Di, and my favorite Dana (my cousin when he was 2 couldnt pronounce "Diana.. It came out Dana.. And then that just stuck as my nick name for all my little cousins.. Im the second oldest of 18 grandchildren lol) I have been called Diane by many people.. Icluding family... Teachers... Friends... And my boyfriend and his dad.. When i have people ask me what i prefer to go by.. I laugh and say.. You know it really doesnt matter.. Ive had so many nicknames over the years it doesnt really bother me lol.." Jun. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Diana and i love my name although i grew up not liking it but as i got older i fell in love with it. i will also say that i hate it when people call me "Diane" its so annoying" May. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Diana and i love my name if i had a kid i will name it mally or malerie cuz...... idk... but i still like the name Diana for all those people who dont like the name Diana you might wanna rethink that............." Mar. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! People mispronounce it all the time. It is not "Diane"! Otherwise, it is a great name. Princess, Goddess, Diva, Superhero, lots of awesome Dianas." May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Diana and I love my name! I'm a 25 year old wife & mother of 3 from Florida (transplanted to Georgia), to help you build a picture of a Diana. It's sort of uncommon as i've only met a handful of Diana's in my life. All of them have the same pet peeve as i, which is getting intensely mad when you are called "Diane". There is nothing wrong with the name Diane, it's just not our name! And i'd say that about 60% of the time when anyone writes my name it is mispelled. Even my best friends get confused whether or not it has one 'N' or two, like 'Di' and 'Anna'. Most mispellings i get are 'Dianna', 'Deanna', & 'Diane' or 'Dianne'. Now on the other hand, my husband is part Mexican, so anytime we visit his Mexican family back in Texas, i always get called 'dee-AH-nah', which i joke is only acceptable from our Mexican family & friends. Oh, and as i child, i loved visiting this restaurant that had a 1950's style jukebox in it because i would beg my mom for a quarter so i could listen to Paul Anka's song 'Diana'. Then, as an 18 year old working at the movie theaters, my boss started singing "Dirty Diana" to me. I had never heard that song before, so you can imagine the ideas of sexual harassment lawsuits that were beginning to form in my head. He saw the confused and offended face i was making and figured out i didn't know that it was a Michael Jackson song. You can assume that i know about the song now. I'm going to share a ridiculous story about how i got my name. A Friend of mine years back thought he had figured me out when he said that i was probably named after Princess Diana since i was born in 1983 (just after the big wedding and all). As much as i wish that was the true inspiration, it's not. When i was a teenager my mom told me the hilarious truth in my name. Her & my dad thought they were having a boy. Or so that's what the 1980's sonogram technology had assured them they were having. So they were completely caught off guard when the doctor said, "Congratulations! It's a girl!". They hadn't picked any names for girls so they had to start from scratch. My mom LOVES feminine names but my dad is extremely particular. After dad turning down all of mom's many suggestions, she retreated to her hospital room to ponder up some more. There on one of her hospital grade sanitary napkins it said "the Diana Company" on the paper part. My mom soon after asked my dad how he liked the girls name 'Diana' and he did! As a teenager i was mortified when my mom revealed that to me and i had never wanted to tell anyone. But now as an adult and a mom myself, i can look back and laugh at the story that is uniquely my own. And by the way, i just did a search for the Diana pads and found out they still make them! They have to be imported from Turkey, so i guess that's why i've never seen them." Jan. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi everyone, I am a Diana too! My dad gave me the name when I moved to Canada 20 years ago. My Chinese name means the moon and Diana is the goddess of the moon. Perfect fit! My friends call me Di. I donýt mind so much when people call me Diane, but I hated when they call me Dee." Dec. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana Lynn. I am always getting people spelling it with 2 n's or Diane. I hate to be called Dee-Dee. I don't mind Di so much. My closest friends call me that. My mother named me in 1948, when I was born, after the late, great actress, Diana Lynn, who some of you may know as starring in many older movies, among them "Bedtime For Bonzo"...with the late Ronald Regan and the Chimp ;-) I love my name and wouldn't trade it for the world. It's also the same as Lady Diana' I felt extra close to her when she was alive." Oct. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana, and I love it very much! My dad named me because he thought it sounded really pretty, which I agree. I hate it when people call me Diane or misspell it. Ugh! Anyway, I love my name!!! :D" Oct. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's enchanting, and makes me think of maidens with long black hair, such as Anne's best friend in Anne of Green Gables. And Diana Ross has a lovely voice." Sep. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana. My teachers sometimes call me "Diane" on accident, and I'm always like "Uh." And they'll say "what?" And ill reply, "its dian-uh" xD." Jul. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana as well, and I don't mind if people spell it wrong, but it drives me nuts when people call me Diane. I constantly send emails at work where people respond and say "Thanks Diane". My name is IN my email. Why is it so hard to say the A?" May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "The correct way is DianA, people call me Diane too. This name doesn't sound very pretty in English, in Russian however, it sounds very beautiful." Jan. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents are Croatian, where it's normal for names to end in a extra syllable, I too find it frustrating when people sometimes call me "Diane"..I really don't get why people find it so hard to pronounce the last syllable. It's peculiar that it only happens in the US, Europeans never called me "Diane". I think of the name as a European version, the original version, it also exudes elegance and feminine beauty." Dec. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana and i love it. Like previously stated, we are called Diane every now and again but i think its a wonderful name. Its classic and will never go out of style!" Dec. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Diana. I also named my daughter Diana, but like everyone notes, we are always called Diane, but I do correct most of the people most of the time." May. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana and I've always loved it. I'm white, and all the DIana's i've met are Spanish, so when they see Diana on a paper they always think I'm Spanish, when It's Latin. It's very feminine and when people read it it just sounds pretty. I've had many nicknames over hte years with this name like Dia (deeuh,D, and Lady D." Apr. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is Diana and i know how she feels. I also have trouble with people seeming to not know how to pronouce my name. I'm here for all of u guys:)" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my father wanted me to be called Joanna and my mother liked Diane so in the end they agreed with DIANNA (double N) Its not very common but I think its interesting but most people spell it with 1 N" Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names diana and I was born in 83 and teachers would always call me diane at primary school and then for some reason DI in secondary school, it wasnt until my twenties that people finally started to get it right! I think my name is lovely and my father wanted me to be names after the princess of wales." Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mother and I are both Diana's and everyone ALWAYS calls us Diane. It really gets frustrating! Everyone asks if I was named after the princess Diana ,but I'm not .I was named after my mother which was born well before her! lol" Mar. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana. My mother named me after the late Princess Diana of Wales. It's a beautiful name, very feminine! In a dictionary it says that Diana is a Goddess of Moon & hunting. I think by the greeks God. But, some of my friends also called me Lady D, Princess Di, or most common Diane. :-)" Sep. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I also love my name and try to get people to remember that it is Diana and not Diane by telling them it is just like Princess Diana. I have never heard anyone call her Princess Diane! When I was a preschooler, my sister would introduce me as her little sister Diana. The stranger usually said "Hi Diane," to which I replied, "Uh!" :)" Jul. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name, and I am called Diane on a daily basis. It does get frustrating that people can not seem to pronounce one extra syllable- but that is mostly my only complaint with the name. I think it is a great name in it's history if only I could just be called Diana. And I do not meet too many people with my name- they are mostly "Diane's"." Jun. 14, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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  • "I was named Diana Lynn after the actress. The funny thing with this name is that if someone spells it Dianna, 9 times out of 10 it is a guy. The thing that I find so annoying is being called Diane. I hate it!! The worst part is in a busy area at work, if someone says Diane from afar, I don't even hear it. My work environment is noisy to begin with and some people gets in my face about not responding, then they'll call me diane-AHHH. These are an ignorant few, but all you need is one person to start saying Diane, then it spreads to new employees. Diane is missing a syllable, there is no A sound and the accent is thrown onto a different syllable. People accuse me of ignoring them and get angry when I don't respond. What to do? If it's face to face conversation, obviously I know they are referring to me. It is really getting frustrating. When meeting someone new, I jokingly say, Diana with an A, as in Ross, Princess and Goddess of the Moon." Jun. 16, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Diane is a French form and Diana is a Spanish form! Same name, but different forms!" Mar. 19, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am called Diana and I am 81. My godmother wanted Deanna after the singer and film actress Deanna Durban.My father thought it would date me so they settled for Diana. I have only known 4 Diana?s. Most, like me hate being called Diane...I think because it sounds downmarket. I have never understood why the name has never become Popular despite the popularity of Princess Diana." Feb. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana Maribel. I love my name but people always spell it wrong. Sometimes they spell it like"Dianna" or "Diaana" or anything like that. But it's still a very nice name." Jul. 2, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is diana but is pronounced (die-ana) i love mr name but people say it doesnt suite me..." Oct. 19, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I once hated my name Diana. But recently I've grown to like it. I also just was recently told that the reason I was given this name was because my father was at the bank when he heard that name and that is how I was named Diana...." May. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Diana Lynn. I was born in 1973 and am now 38. I too have always DESPISED when people call me Diane. I have corrected people and they will call me Diana for a while then revert back to calling me Diane! I want to say to them "Do you call Princess Diana, Princess Diane or Diana Ross, Diane Ross?" NO!! So Get it right. When Micheal Jackson's song "Dirty Diana" came out, I was about 16. Guys started calling me Dirty Di or Dirty D and I didn't mind that at all, but just don't call me Diane!" Apr. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS ALSO CALLED DIANA. I THINK DIANA IS A PREETY NAME." Apr. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "WheeelL , MY' naamee is Diiannaa , &` ii perfer peoplLee caalLiing me Dee - ah - na , siicee i'm aa Laatiinaa ,&` ii haatee wheen MY' teaacheers caalL me Diane , Liikee i'm exicaan noot aa whiitee giirlL , Lmaaao :-* good`byeee .." Mar. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Hi my nae is also Diana" mt favorite teacher calls me diane and i dont mind cuz i get called it all the time. But people do try to spell it dianna. It's D-I-A-N-A not D-I-A-N-N-A! it makes me mad" Jan. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm also a Diana who can't stand being called Diane. I get Dana sometimes too, which for some reason annoys me even worse. I can't remember anyone who's assumed I spelled it Dianna though. I had one friend during school who called me Di-di which I thought was cute." Aug. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Diana and I laughed so hard when I read the comments because I too despise being called Diane and I always thought it was just me. Well I feel so much better knowing that it apparently comes with the name. I also have the same problem with people doing that stuff to my childrens names. I tell them that if I wanted them to be called these other names that I would have named them that, so stop. I was born in 1983. I have 4 kids. I am a people person. I think that I'm a very loving, yet emotional person. I'm slender, but not an athletic type. I am also a christian. Not sure what other things about. Diana you would want to know besides I have strong will power." Jul. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my best friend's name is diana. i like it but their is alooot of diana's in our skool.=/ but shes the only kute one.<3 lol love you *Diana*<3" Mar. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Diana and I don't mind it. I actually don't know anyone else with the name other than Diana Ross ( who I was named after ) and the princess. My parents and brothers call me di dee di :)" Jan. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I too have the problem of being called Diane,even my parents call me Diane and they named me Diana!My in laws are Mexican and they call me Dionna which I think sounds pretty also." May. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Diana because many famous and great people have it. I don't like it when they spell it Dianna but they still pronounce it right!" Feb. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hated it when I was younger because I thought it was such an older name, but my mother wanted to give me a classic, timeless and professional name. And now that I'm a young adult, I have really grown to appreciate my name and I am so thankful I'm not a "Jessica" or "Jennifer" as the majority of my generation is named. Most people call me "D" and my family calls me "di-di", "di-dee" or just "di". I love it!" Feb. 6, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Diana is quite a classy name, although dont think id like to be called di" Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I got called "princess" a few times. Rather annoying..." Jul. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in England on November 11, which is Armistice Day when everyone wears red poppies to commemorate those killed in the First World War, so my father wanted to call me Poppy. Luckily for me my mother said she'd once known a very nice Jersey cow called Poppy, but she's prefer to call her daughter Diana." Jul. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names diana and i grew up hating it dont think its so bad now if people would only get it right.i'm constantly correcting people on it and they look at me as if i've 50 heads.mite not be big deal ta them but it is to me." Mar. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "forever known as Di by my friends or the boys would call me 'lady Di' or 'princess di' but then I never minded for every girl wants to be called a princess" Mar. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an ok name but I agree with the 3rd comment it's too common. Can't people be a bit more unique." Dec. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is so frequently used that people have to call them by their last names too. Give it a rest." Jul. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name has many meanings and is directly translatable in many languages. It is a nice name, and fairly unique. Although 3 syllables is too much for some people, I have a few nicknames like "D" or "DD"." Jun. 20, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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