Oriana is primarily a female given name, widespread, even if not very common, in European languages.

Possible roots of the name

There is a Samoan song called "Lou sei Oriana" which translates to my beautiful flower Oriana.

There is the Latin meaning of rising (as in sunrise; see a similar word root in Orient).

Things get even more complicated as in the languages of the Iberian peninsula, namely Spanish and Portuguese, there is the medieval Oroana or Ouroana, from Oro or Ouro meaning Gold, whose origin is the Latin Aurum, and whose root, Aur, may be related to Ori.

Variants include Orianna, Oriane or Orianne. Sometimes Orian, Oreste or Dorian may be a male given name or a family name, as in the case of Orian, Orians, Oriani, Dorian or Doria.

Oriana was the nickname for Queen Elizabeth I. She was fondly known as 'our glorious Oriana' and the Oriana madrigals were written for her.

The variant "Orianna" can be of Irish origin meaning 'the golden one'.

Notable people

Notable people with the name include:

Fictional characters

  • Oriana, heiress to the throne of Great Britain and beloved of Amadis de Gaula, in Oriana by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo
  • Oriana, fairy and main character in the children's book A Fada Oriana, by Portuguese writer Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen
  • Oriane de Guermantes, Duchesse de Guermantes, character in Marcel Proust's novel In Search of Lost Time
  • Oriana, the beleaguered princess whom the protagonist of Felix the Cat: The Movie must save, as well as the name of the land she rules over
  • Orianna, goddess and partner of Phaon in the Shadow World campaign world created by Terry K. Amthor for Iron Crown Enterprises and in the gaming system Rolemaster
  • Orianna, the daughter of Talon and Oria in the metal opera Days of Rising Doom by Aina
  • Oureana, semi-legendary Moorish princess who was converted to Christianity in 12th-century Portugal. See Fátima, Portugal)
  • Oriane, a character in the novel Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • Orianna, The Lady of Clockwork, a character in the video game League of Legends developed by Riot Games.
  • Oriana, genetic twin of Miranda Lawson in the video game Mass Effect 2.
  • Oriana Noldare, née Silvan, the heroine in the novel Destiny's Call by LeAnn Anderson.
  • Oriana, subject of poem by the same name by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Oriana Thomson, a minor character in A Certain Magical Index
  • Orianna Spearling, a character in the novel The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma