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Diane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Origins Available: English , Italian

The name Diane first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in an area where there was a valley. The place-name is derived from the Old English word denu, when translated means valley. This Old English word has also given rise to other local names such as West Dean in Sussex, Deane in Hampshire and Dean in Essex.

Early Origins of the Diane family

The surname Diane was first found in Sussex where the first record was of Ralph Dene holding manor and estates in that shire.

Early History of the Diane family

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Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1400, 1588, 1628, 1899, 1440, 1503, 1491, 1496, 1501, 1503, 1500, 1502, 1610, 1653, 1638, 1721, 1676, 1708 and are included under the topic Early Diane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Diane Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Diane has appeared include Dean, Deane, Dene, Deans, Deanes, Denes, Adeane and others.

Early Notables of the Diane family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Henry Deane (c.1440-1503), Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1491 to 1496, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1501 to 1503 and Lord Keeper of the Great Seal from 1500 to 1502; Richard Deane (1610-1653), a British...
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Migration of the Diane family to Ireland

Some of the Diane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Diane family to the New World and Oceana

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Diane arrived in North America very early:

Diane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Diane, who arrived in Mississippi in 1795

Contemporary Notables of the name Diane (post 1700)

  • D. Diane Sarge, American politician, Socialist Workers Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1988
  • Susan Diane Wojcicki (b. 1968), American technology executive, current CEO of YouTube, daughter of Esther Wojcicki
  • Lora Diane Fairclough (b. 1970), English LPGA professional golfer
  • Kim Diane McGuire (1955-2016), American actress and author, best known for her role in the 1990 comedy musical Cry-Baby
  • Bobbie Diane Eakes (b. 1961), American two-time Daytime Emmy Award and four-time Soap Opera Digest Award nominated actress and singer, known for All My Children (1970), The Bold and the Beautiful (1987) and Tainted Dreams (2014)
  • Gennifer Diane Brandon (b. 1990), American professional basketball player
  • Melora Diane Hardin (b. 1967), American actress and singer, known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC's The Office and Trudy Monk on Monk
  • Samille Diane Friesen (b. 1937), birth name of Dyan Cannon, the American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer
  • Linda Diane Creed (1948-1986), American singer-songwriter and lyricist
  • Barbara Diane Tilden (b. 1955), New Zealand field hockey player at the 1984 Summer Olympics

The Diane Motto

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Forti et fideli nihil difficile
Motto Translation: To the brave and faithful man nothing is difficult.

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