原This is my name; I used to think it was plain, uninteresting. But as I've gotten a bit older it has grown on me. It's extremely rare where I live, no one else has it. And it has a simple elegance to it.It's origins aren't anything special, but I don't believe the whole "bastardized feminine form of 'Dean'" at all (very rude by the way). I think it sounds much closer to "Diana"; only with a "De" instead of "Di". In fact, if you listen to the way Germans (and probably others) pronounce "Diana", it sounds a LOT like "Deanna".
原I'm another Deanna. My grandmother's name was Anna and my parents wanted to find a name similar to honour her but didn't like Diana so made it "dee" anna instead. As a child I went by DeeDee and would be quite annoyed if people tried to call me Deanna. Although I was more annoyed if people called me Dianna or spelled it with an "i". I still use Dee with my family and friends but I love my name and that it includes my grandma's name as part of it.
原Wow, seeing lots of comments about Deanna being pronounced "Dee-na" or "Dee-AN-ah"! I've met a few Deannas (including myself) but I've never met anyone who pronounces their name this way. Honestly, I hate when people pronounce my name like that, it sounds so fingernails-down-chalkboard-y. But it makes sense now why so many people have read my name out that way! For me and the Deanna's I know, our name is pronounced "Dee-AHH-nah" (like how you pronounce the character Anna's name from Frozen, but with a "De" before it).My Nonna still spells it "Diana", because "Deanna" is (according the Italians I know) the phonetic spelling of "Diana"; In a lot of European countries "Diana" is pronounced "De-UHN-nah". So "Deanna" was, apparently, supposed to be the phonetic spelling of it to help people pronounce Diana "right". Looks like that backfired! Even I don't pronounce it "correctly" haha. I like the name even though it's always mispronounced, I usually go by "Dee" anyway.
原My name is Deanna (DEE ANNA)and I struggled my whole life with people mispronouncing it (DE-NA, DIANA, DIANE) so I go by Dee now. I even thought about changing it legally because I don't even relate to Deanna anymore, and only notice people when they call me Dee. BUT my mom named me so she would be hurt if I did.
原My mother's name is Deanna (pronounced dee-AN-ə), and I always loved the name (she is my mother, after all). People who would call the house would often mispronounce it DEEN-ə, and I always thought that was a horrible sounding pronunciation, although I suppose if you are using it as a feminized version of Dean, you would pronounce it that way. I always thought of it as a form of Diana, and I also thought it sounded like a very southern name. I think it is a very beautiful name.
原At first glance, I thought that Deanna was a combination of the prefix De- and the suffix -anna. Not a good first impression. Now, however, I see the name as okay. It's nothing gorgeous, but it's not particularly ugly.
原I find my name mediocre. The only other Deanna's I've met haven't been awful, but they've all definitely been boring. I've always seen it as 'anna' with a 'de' prefix, not a variant of Diana. The etymology of this name reads 'chief of ten' which is very absurd and senseless to me.
原I've only recently thought about this name, because I knew a girl in elementary school from Bosnia. Her name was Dejana, and she pronounced it dee-AN-uh, like this name. (By the way, to those pronouncing this "DEE-nuh"--that's how you pronounce Dina. And possibly Deana. But Deanna, with two n's, is dee-AN-uh.)Anyway, I had always thought Dejana sounded pretty, and it has a great meaning ("to act"), but since I'm not Slavic, I wouldn't use that spelling for my daughter. I much prefer the way Deanna looks, but I don't think of it as a feminine form of Dean, but a variant of Dejana. (That may not be what it is etymologically, but it's how I think of it.)In my experience, Deanna is not a very common name. However, all of the Deanna's (with this spelling) I know are Italian. And as it is, the names I really like right now are Deanna and Theresa. Wow, I'm more Italian than I thought. Lol.
原This is a pretty name. Dee-na is both cute and sophisticated. But to a degree I have to admit it's another name that ends in "a". I think DeeAnn is a pretty name, too. But the fact that it's not an overly used name is a breath of fresh air.