Dinah Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Dinah:
Derived from the Hebrew dīnāh (judged). The name Dinah is borne in the Bible by a daughter of Jacob.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Dhani and Dinah are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.
- Personal experiences with the name Dinah
My daughter's name is Dinah Elizabeth. We were uncertain about choosing that name, because we were afraid other people wouldn't like it, and finally my husband said, "Who cares if other people like it? We like it, so let's do it." And I'm so glad he did. I kind of got hooked on the name while reading the book The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. Dinah suited her perfectly as a baby, and still suits her as a five-year-old. I think it will "wear well", and we've gotten lots of "Oh! I love her name!" comments when we introduce her, which is always nice. She loves that there's a common song with a Dinah in it. We often call her Dinah Liz--we didn't come up with that nickname, but liked it when someone else did.
Know someone who spells it Daina.
I saw a movie on TV about Jacob, and in this movie they pronounced Dinah DEE-na. I always thought Dy-na was the correct pronounciation, but what do I know?
I learned a song in elementary school that goes like this: "Old Aunt Dinah, sick in bed, sent for the doctor, the doctor said Shake that little foot, Dinah-O, Shake that little foot, Dinah-O! Hound dog barked and billy goat jumped, set Aunt Dinah astraddle a stump! Shake that little foot, Dinah-O, Shake that little foot, Dinah-O!"
In the song "I've been working on the railroad" part of the song goes "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, someone's in the kitchen, I know, someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, strummin on the old banjo."
My grandmother's name is Sara, but when I was younger I could not pronounce "Grandma" so I called her "Dinah". It stuck. To this day me, my mom, my family, and many more people call her Dinah. :) It's a cute name and honestly I think Dinah fits her more than Sara!
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- Meanings and history of the name Dinah
Dinah comes from Hebrew, meaning "God is my judge" or "God will judge", as does the male name Dan. In the Old Testament, Dinah is the daughter of Jacob and Leah.
- Famous real-life people named Dinah
Dinah, Biblical daughter of Leah and Jacob
Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore), American singer and television personality
Dinah Sheridan, English actress
Dinah Washington, American blues and jazz singer
Dinah Manoff, American actress best known for her role as Marty in the film version of "Grease"
Dinah Englund, daughter of Cloris Leachman
Dinah Jane Hansen, Fifth Harmony singer
- Dinah in song, story & screen
Name of Alice's cat in "Alice in Wonderland"
Character mentioned in folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
Narrator of the book "The Red Tent" by Anita Diamant (which is loosely based on the story of the Biblical Dinah)
Dinah Marler, character on the TV soap opera "The Guiding Light"
Dinah Lord, from "The Philadelphia Story"
Dinah Lance, secret identity of Black Canary in DC comics