Yeah it may be a Greek word, but Diana is the Roman equivalent of Artemis. But wow! A man? Diana?
There oughta be a law against such follies. Poor kid! Religious considerations aside, I see red when parents inflict "different" (often completely made-up) names on their children, or take conventional names and come up with a groovy or trendy spelling variant which the poor kid will have to spell out for the rest of his life every time someone asks. Names such as Catherine/Katherine/Kathryn
, or Stephen/Steven
are not the problem, as these are accepted, centuries-old traditional variants.
As for "a boy called Diana" (reminds me of the old Johnny Cash song A Boy Called Sue
), this lad would have every right to be angry at his parents for foisting such ignominy on him. There are various names in English (and other languages) which have male and female forms, distinguishable by the spelling (or used to be ...) These include Leslie/Lesley, Kim/Kym, Vivian/Vivien
(or the French form Vivienne
is not one of them.
There are also other names which have alternated as male or female names at various times in history, such as Shirley
(originally male), and Marion
could be used as male or female names. In the early 1930s, a young man by the name of Marion Morrison tried his luck in Hollywood. The studio moguls insisted he change his name if he was to get anywhere. This he did, and he soon became a household name. Who was he? John Wayne.
There is also the phenomenon of naming children after famous people, which is hardly new. However, spare a thought for this girl I knew: She had the surname of Clark, whose parents, in their infinite wisdom, decided to name her Petula. (British and Australian forum members of a certain age need no further explanation. For those who don't know who Petula Clark was, do an online search.) Like I said, there oughta be a law .....