This character is late coming in the game, but she’s part of a major revision. I’ve already added her into previous posts and the upcoming Wednesday post this week. More details soon.
When westerners think of Russian names, they probably don’t think of “Diana.” Among Russian names, it’s pronounced “DEE-ana.” This Latin name shares a root with zeus: dyeus, which can also be tied to the Russian word dyen, for “day.” Diana is almost always pictured or sculpted with a quiver and arrows, and she’s often accompanied by a deer.
In Roman Mythology, Diana is associated with the moon in the heavens, hunting among human beings, and forests in nature. Her similarity to Artemis may also link her to wisdom and chastity. She was seen as the caretaker of pregnant women. According to one scholar’s theory, this may be be why she was also thought to guarantee the succession of kings.
On a personal note, when I hear Diana pronounced this way, I think of how the “D” stands taller than the rest of the word like a half-moon. The second half, “Anna,” is associated with grace or favor. To play with the words a bit, the name “Dyena” could be taken to mean day of grace, and have some subtle association with names like Ivan, which mean given by G-d. The Western pronunciation of “DI-ana,” in turn, might imply a double blessing.
The name Diana brings to mind a person who might be:
- a clever maiden
- a wise matron
- a doctor or service worker
- a guardian or caretaker