Diane (f) Diana was identified by the Romans
with the Greek Artemis, goddess of light and the moon. The French
form of her name, Diane, suddenly became popular in all English-speaking
countries around 1950. In Scotland, for instance, it appeared
from nowhere to become 48th most frequently used name in 1958.
Dianne was also used, but many Scottish parents preferred the
original Latin form, Diana, which Scott also favoured for the
heroine of Rob Roy (1817).
is a rare variant, as is Deanna. The latter form was made known
by the Canadian actress and singer Deanna Durbin. Diane Cilento
and Diana Dors are other actresses who may have helped bring their
into wider use as has Princess
To Scottish Christian Names