Diana

Diana f
English: name borne in Roman mythology by the goddess of the moon and of hunting, equivalent to the Greek Artemis. In mythology she is characterized as both beautiful and chaste. Her name is of ancient and uncertain derivation. It probably contains a first element that is also found in the name of the supreme god Jupiter and in Greek Dionysios (see DENNIS (SEE Dennis)). It was adopted in Britain during the Tudor period as a learned name, a borrowing from Latin influenced by the French form DIANE (SEE Diane). It was not particularly popular until the end of the 19th century, and its increased frequency at that time has been attributed in part to George Meredith's novel Diana of the Crossways (1885). However, Dunkling casts doubt on this suggestion. In earlier centuries, some clergymen were reluctant to baptize girls with this pagan name, remembering the riots against St Paul stirred up by worshippers of Diana of the Ephesians (Acts 19: 24-41).
Short form: Di.

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