The name Diane ranked 864th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 50th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name makes a strong showing in state popularity data of the 1960s, but makes few (if any) appearances on lists compiled after that period.
This version of Diana originated in French, then was adopted by English-speaking aristocrats, who liked both its suggestion of French ancestry, and its reference to an ancient deity.
Diana was one of the names of the ancient Roman moon goddess, equivalent to the Greek goddess Artemis. She was also goddess of the hunt, and of chastity. Like most deities, she was called by several names, including Cynthia and Delia.
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Diane Arbus (born 1923, died 1971)
American photographer known for her bizarre subjects.