How popular is the baby name Dyana in the United States right now? How popular was it historically? Find out using the graph below! Plus, check out all the blog posts that mention the name Dyana.

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Popularity of the Baby Name Dyana


Posts that Mention the Name Dyana

Inconspicuous anagram baby names: Blake/Kaleb, Hale/Leah

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I recently updated my old anagram baby names post to make it much more comprehensive. As I worked on it, though, I noticed that many of those sets of names had obvious similarities, such as the same first letters and/or the same rhythm.

So I thought I’d make a second, shorter list of anagram names that were less conspicuously similar. Specifically, I wanted the second list to feature sets of names with different first letters and different numbers of syllables.

And that’s what you’ll find below — pairs of anagram names that are relatively distinct from one another. So much so that, at first glance (or listen), some might not even strike you as being anagrammatic at all. :)

Click on any name to check out its popularity graph…

Most of the names above have a clear number of syllables, but a few do not. (I categorized them according to my own interpretation/accent.) So, if you’re interested in using any of these pairings, just remember to test the names out loud first!

Which of the pairs above do you like best?

Where did the baby name Dyana come from in 1944?

Radio singer Dyana Gayle
Dyana Gayle

The name Diana has been in use for centuries, but the specific spelling Dyana didn’t appear in the U.S. baby name data until the mid-1940s:

  • 1946: unlisted
  • 1945: unlisted
  • 1944: 7 baby girls named Dyana [debut]
  • 1943: unlisted
  • 1942: unlisted

I think the influence here is was radio vocalist Dyana Gayle.

Her photo ran in the newspapers in August of 1943. At that time, she and singing partner Phil Hanna were featured vocalists on the CBS radio show Your Home Front Reporter. They were only on the show for the several months (July to September) it aired out of Hollywood, though. (The show itself only lasted from May 1943 to August 1944.)

Radio singers Dyana Gayle and Phil Hanna in 1943.

An article about Dyana from 1945 called her the “servicemen’s singing favorite.” “Dyana’s mail averages some one hundred and fifty letters daily from men in uniform.” It also mentioned that she had a husband (a Marine named Frank), a daughter (named Barbara), and enjoyed cooking, gardening, and playing gin rummy.

Do you like the spelling “Dyana,” or do you prefer “Diana”?

Sources:

  • Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Gordon, Shirley. “Slick Chick First Class.” Radio Life 22 Jul. 1942: 29, 31. (via American Radio History)
  • Banks, Dale. “What’s New from Coast to Coast.” Radio Mirror Nov. 1943: 6, 8-10. (via American Radio History)