Its etymological origins are probably mixed. On the one hand there seems to be the Irish meaning of Blond or Golden, on the other hand 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.
The English queen Elizabeth I was referred to as Oriana.
EDITORIAL: Clean at Oriana House: A special state audit finds little amiss, operationally or financially. It points the way to improved oversight by Summit County.
Jan 05, 2007; Jan. 5--From the start, James Lawrence, Bernard Rochford and others at Oriana House believed Betty Montgomery conducted a...
EDITORIAL: Escape at Oriana House: The Ohio Supreme Court tells taxpayers there are limits to how far the state auditor can go in tracking public money.(Editorial)
Oct 11, 2006; Oct. 11--James Lawrence of Oriana House spent much of the past three years battling Betty Montgomery in court. A week ago,...