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Diana for a girl.

(53 Posts)
sallyareme Sat 17-Oct-15 13:51:22

What's your opinions on Diana?

Verypissedoffwife Sat 17-Oct-15 13:53:02

I think it's quite old fashioned but I like it.

DickDewy Sat 17-Oct-15 13:56:28

I think it is still a reminder of Princess Di - never a good thing imo.

Verypissedoffwife Sat 17-Oct-15 13:57:42

Yes I did immediately think of Princess Di too

MyNewBearTotoro Sat 17-Oct-15 14:05:16

The nickname 'Di' is (uni) horrific and makes me think of the Princess.

The full name Diana is nice enough but I can only think of the song, 'Dirty Diana.' Although the MJ reference may be long out of date by the time your DD is old enough for it to be an issue.

jeee Sat 17-Oct-15 14:07:10

I think the 'for a girl' in the title is a tad redundant. If it had read 'Diana for a boy', otoh....

I'm with the previous posters - I'd automatically think of Princess Di. But if you can get past that, it's actually a nice name.

scatterthenuns Sat 17-Oct-15 14:13:31

I love it as a name, but wouldn't use it because of Princess Di. It is near impossible for people to separate.

reuset Sat 17-Oct-15 14:31:56

Republican here, wouldn't touch it with a barge pole grin 'Di' is so old fashioned too.

JakeyBurd Sat 17-Oct-15 14:34:17

Sorry, I've never liked Diana as a name, (or Diane, or Di) and I never liked Diana Spencer whom it is still so strongly associated with, so if you were my best mate I'd be doing my best to deter you from using it!

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 14:36:25

Love it. Good grown up name, nothing babyish about Diana.

Grace Kelly had a similar life to Diana and Grace is an uber popular name right now. So I bet once enough time has lapsed since Princess Diana's death that her name will make a comeback too.

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 14:38:02

Or Grace Grimaldi should I say!

reuset Sat 17-Oct-15 14:42:40

Grace isn't a good example. The name was already independently very popular. The same can't be said of Diana.

scatterthenuns Sat 17-Oct-15 14:44:13

Was going to say the same thing about the Grace example too.

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 14:45:17

Not sure what you mean. Diana wasn't a widely used name before Diana Spencer was born?

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 14:50:09

I know two elderly Dianas and one in her mid 40s. It's hardly obscure.

scatterthenuns Sat 17-Oct-15 14:53:27

No, nobody was saying that Grace was popular and that Diana was obscure.

I (and I think reuset) was trying to say that whilst there have been many famous/well known Grace's, there are comparatively fewer Diana's of such prominence.

Ergo, when the one big famous Diana died in such a tragic way, it tarnished the perceptions of the name. This didn't happen in the case of Grace Kelly, because there were umpteen others also occupying the famous-Grace-name-association space.


momtothree Sat 17-Oct-15 14:54:01

Its my name .... and I hate it! Everyone says Di ... i hear DIE ... cringe ... please dont!

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 14:59:11

Okay. I disagree though.

Grace Kelly and Grace Jones are the only famous Graces springing immediately to my mind. I certainly can't think of umpteen.

reuset Sat 17-Oct-15 15:38:54

Not sure what you mean. Diana wasn't a widely used name before Diana Spencer was born?

Grace has always been a more popular name (and used far longer), and especially of late. It's also a very popular middle name. And Grace hasn't been out of the top 50 in over 20 years (and number one name for a time as anybody not living under a rock will know). Diana hasn't been anywhere near the top 100 since the 1950s. We no longer automatically think 'oh, like Grace Kelly' because we know half a dozen girls named Grace.

And please don't compare Di to Grace Kelly, as was shock

AnemonesCloser Sat 17-Oct-15 15:51:52

I see them as being very similar (Grace was clearly more stylish though). They certainly had similar personal lives. But Grace benefited from living in a time when the paparazzi weren't quite a force. A more deferential time press wise.

So within 20 years time I'm certain that the name Diana will make a strong comeback. Princess Diana will of course still be a famous figure but her fame will have receded somewhat. She'll be someone who died before these 2035 parents were even born and they'll just roll their eyes at grandparents saying 'Oooh but what about Princess Diana'.

IsadoraQuagmire Sat 17-Oct-15 15:55:34

I certainly wouldn't think of Princess Diana, I know practically nothing about her.

I think of the Roman goddess (Roman equilvalent of the Greek goddess Artemis) and also Diana Rigg. Oh, and Diana Barry from Anne of Green Gables.

And of course, the Paul Anka song which is lovely, and made Diana a very popular name in 1957.

IsadoraQuagmire Sat 17-Oct-15 15:56:52


Verypissedoffwife Sat 17-Oct-15 15:59:29

And Diana Dors

Verypissedoffwife Sat 17-Oct-15 16:00:04

Diana Ross

reuset Sat 17-Oct-15 16:01:21

I certainly wouldn't think of Princess Diana, I know practically nothing about her.

I'm guessing you have at least heard of her, though... Even I have and I wasn't in the UK before and around the time of her death. She featured on the covers of several red top newspapers long after her death too I think.

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