Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Diamond

Diamond is the English vocabulary word for the most well-known and highly coveted gemstone. The English borrowed the word from the Latin “adamas” (who in turn borrowed from the Greek ἀδάμαντος) the root of which means “unbreakable, invincible, untamable” (think: adamant). Diamond is also one of the four suits associated with playing cards, as well as the name of the field upon which baseball is played. As a female given name, however, Diamond is obviously being used in connection with the gemstone known for its hardness, its brilliance, and its dispersion of light. Diamonds are also associated with notions of rarity, value and “foreverness” (although this is largely the marketing genius and consumer manipulation of the De Beers Company). Diamonds are actually NOT rare and their value has largely been manipulated by the De Beers Co. who at one point controlled 90% of the world’s supply which allowed them to engage in price-fixing through the stockpiling of supply and the release of said supply in small amounts to ensure demand remained advantageously managed. Diamonds have further lost their luster (so to speak) as the African “blood” or “conflict” diamond trade has been brought to the attention of the international media. Such diamonds are mined (often with the use of forced child labor) and sold to fund on-going Civil Wars in nations like Angola, the Congo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, etc. The more people learn and understand the realities of the Diamond industry as a whole, the more people have boycotted these precious stones. People also appear to be boycotting the name Diamond; as a given name for girls, Diamond has taken a dive in usage since the turn of the 21st century which is about when more information started to circulate regarding the realities of the diamond trade business. Diamond is primarily used as a female name in the United States but many people consider it unisex by nature.

All About the Baby Name – Diamond

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME DIAMOND

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME DIAMOND

Diamond is a celebratory girl’s name, bestowed in the same manner as Cherish, Jewel, Precious or Princess might be; in other words, as an act of love. Such names are definitely not for everyone; many people find the use of vocabulary word names as a little too precious and sappy. However, naming daughters after gemstones is nothing new – in fact it was quite fashionable in the late 19th century and is experiencing a little revival right now (just consider Ruby or Pearl). So what’s wrong with Diamond? For one, perhaps people think this gemstone is just too flashy and over-the-top as a girl’s name. Or two, people now associate this jewel with price-manipulation and/or war-torn regions of Africa and now want no part of it. Whatever the controversy with this particular gemstone it certainly seems to garner more negative opinions than Pearl or Ruby. However, this was no always the case. Diamond first appeared on the U.S. female naming charts in 1986 so it’s certainly newer than Ruby and Pearl, but the same is true for Jade. Diamond actually did quite well right out of the gate and reached as high as position #150 on the charts in 1999 (pretty remarkable achievement in less than 15 years!). So obviously this name had a time and a place – and a successful one at that. The etymology brings to mind strong, tough girls with an unbreakable spirit. And did you know that Confucius said: A diamond with a flaw is better than a pebble without one.

Quick Facts

ON DIAMOND

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

712

PRONUNCIATION:

DIE-mәnd

SIMPLE MEANING:

Unbreakable, invincible

Characteristics

OF DIAMOND

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Diamond

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DIAMOND

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Diamond

Popular Songs

ON DIAMOND

The Diamond Sea
a song by Sonic Youth

Shine on You Crazy Diamond
a song by Pink Floyd

She Loved Like Diamond
a song by Spandau Ballet

Like A Diamond
a song by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I Gave My Love a Diamond
a song by Van Morrison

Dupree's Diamond Blues
a song by Grateful Dead

Diamond Road
a song by Sheryl Crow

Diamond Ring
a song by The Black Crowes

Diamond Joe
a song by Harry Belafonte

Diamond Is Forever
a song by Jay-Z

Diamond In The Rough
a song by Shawn Colvin

Diamond in the Dark
a song by Chris De Burgh

Diamond Girls
a song by Neil Diamond

Diamond Girl
a song by Seals & Crofts

Diamond Field
a song by Pat Benatar

Diamond Dogs
a song by Duran Duran

Diamond City
a song by Ziggy Marley

Dark Diamond
a song by Elton John

Cursed Diamond
a song by The Black Crowes

Call Me Diamond
a song by Mike Heron

Black Diamond
a song by Kiss

Famous People

NAMED DIAMOND

We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Diamond.

Children of Famous People

NAMED DIAMOND

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Diamond

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DIAMOND

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Diamond