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Naming our baby girl Diana?

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Sophieontoastie Sun 18-Dec-16 12:52:07

What do you think of it?

What nickname could I use?

It's my dearest grandmother's name - she is Gibalterian so no English connections to Princess Diana really, plus she's much much older than Diana was

Is it too 'queeny'?

PotteringAlong Sun 18-Dec-16 12:53:54

Why do you need a nickname? If her name is Diana then just call her diana!

Sophieontoastie Sun 18-Dec-16 12:55:33

Pottering I like the idea of a cute nickname for her childhood years smile

leccybill Sun 18-Dec-16 12:57:03

I like it. It's unusual and pretty.
Princess Di died 20 odd years ago, this current generation and your DD's won't know who she is at all.

ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 18-Dec-16 12:57:26

Why do people on Mumsnet like to pre select a nickname? If you like Diana call her Diana. A nickname may or may not develop. She may have one nickname within the family another amongst friends. She may just stay Diana without any nickname. I wouldn't use Diana but ha e nothing against it.

Sophieontoastie Sun 18-Dec-16 12:59:27

Well I really Diana but agree it's quite a mouthful

Can't think of any other names I would like at all

I like Athena but fear it is too popular now

Glitterous Sun 18-Dec-16 12:59:38

Why do you need a nickname? If you like Diana just call her Diana. The last thing I thought of when naming my dd was 'whats her nickname going to be?' like it was the law for her to have a nickname. I certainly discounted names because I don't like some potential shortenings (I.e Francesca, no way in he'll am I having a dd being called Frankie) but really?!

I'm not a huge fan of the name Diana but your sentiment is a good reason to use it

Sophieontoastie Sun 18-Dec-16 13:01:01

Glitt I ask about nicknames because some aren't nice and would put me off the name completely

My Nan is often called 'Di' and I can't stand it, either can she but not sure if it's just an Eastenders

AtSea1979 Sun 18-Dec-16 13:01:48

I would probably use Annie as nickname.

EvenTheWind Sun 18-Dec-16 13:01:49

Di would be the standard nickname, no? Or Annie, maybe?

I like Diana!

Glitterous Sun 18-Dec-16 13:02:20

Athena isn't at all popular. It's around 340th most popular girls name according to Dark Greener

Glitterous Sun 18-Dec-16 13:04:18

My name has a shortening that I don't like but people often use it for me (which I hate). You can't control nn, Di is the most obvious. I know a Diana who is known as Dee but that is because she hates being called Diana

Shockers Sun 18-Dec-16 13:05:31

I've only ever met one Athena; her father was Greek. She will be 15 now.

Sophieontoastie Sun 18-Dec-16 13:05:39

Oh no! Not Annie envy reminds me of the film couldn't stand it

Will have to persuade DH for Athena, it's a shame because Diana is lovely

Then again, Annie is my Grandmother's Mum, and her mum's mum's name of whom got gassed in a concentration camp during WWII

Horseshoe1 Sun 18-Dec-16 13:23:13

I know a Diana who goes by Didee (Dye-Dee) or Dido could be cute?

ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 18-Dec-16 13:23:47

I don't think Annie is a natural shortening for Diana I think Di or Ann would be more likely.

ViewBasket Sun 18-Dec-16 13:25:35

Diana is a lovely name. I know a fairly young Diana and it really suits her. She's only ever known as Diana, and I've never thought of it being too much of a mouthful.

Zippidydoodah Sun 18-Dec-16 13:27:51


Swearwolf Sun 18-Dec-16 13:48:36

Hmm... I think if you don't like Di or Annie, you might need to rethink Diana. You can never predict or control what people will shorten her name to, or which shortening she will prefer herself, so if you don't like the most common shortening it might be better to find a different name.

And I agree with a PP, Athena is not even slightly popular!

InteriorLulu Sun 18-Dec-16 14:01:30

I know a Diana. She's Di to most people, Dee to one and Diane to lazy people. Of the three she prefers Di and hates Diane. Occasionally someone is creative with the pronunciation - Deeanna. But she's never been called Anne, Annie, or Anna - knowing her personality, I suspect she might get a bit cross!

You could insist on people calling her Diana - gently correcting them until they get the message. My sister is Mandy, not Amanda, and people don't usually need to be told twice.

wizzler Sun 18-Dec-16 15:38:41

How about Dinah... Less likely to be Annie, and still close to your Grandmothers name ?

By the way, DD is Madeleine... and hardly anyone shortens it to Maddie..even though it seems to be universally accepted ! We all call her the full version.. ( Including teachers and school mates) ./.. you dont always have to have a nickname

Enkopkaffetak Sun 18-Dec-16 18:41:51

Diana is lovely IMO

Sophronia Sun 18-Dec-16 19:14:47

Diana is lovely. I don't think it needs a nickname, but you could have Dani or Ana.

MiddlingMum Sun 18-Dec-16 19:34:33

I know a little Diana who really suits her name. She's not Di, she's always called Diana.

Pluto30 Sun 18-Dec-16 19:35:32

I looove Diana.

The Diana I know has never had her name shortened.

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