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Gender: F Meaning of Dinah: "God will judge" Origin of Dinah: Hebrew

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As the song says, "Dinah, is there anyone finer?" Dinah is a charming, underused Old Testament name, long shunned for its old slave-name stereotype--Dinah was the family cook in Uncle Tom's Cabin--but it has a rich literary and musical resume and would make a vivid, southern-accented name for a contemporary girl.

In the Old Testament, Dinah was the beautiful daughter of Jacob and Leah: she was the heroine of the best-selling Anita Diamant novel The Red Tent. In the George Eliot novel Adam Bede, Dinah Morris is a lovely young preacher who marries the hero, and in the classic film The Philadelphia Story, Dinah is the heroine's sassy kid sister .

The name Dinah was adopted by two great singers: Dinah Washington (born Ruth) and Dinah Shore (born Frances).

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Famous People Named Dinah

Dinah Washington, American singer (born Ruth Lee Jones)
Dinah Shore, American singer
Dinah Manoff, American actress
Dinah Jane Hansen, member of American girl group Fifth Harmony

Pop Culture References for the Name Dinah

"Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah..." lyrics from the American folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
Dinah is Alice's pet cat in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass"
Dinah, the family cook in "The Bobbsey Twins" books
Dinah Lance, alias of the Black Canary (one of DC Comics's earliest superheroines)
Dinah Lord, The Philadelphia Story
Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, lesbian getaway
Dinah Shore Golf Tournament
Dinah, character in Laurence Sterne's 1767 novel "Tristram Shandy"
Dinah de La Baudraye, character in Balzac's "Comedie humaine"
Mrs. Dinah Delacroix, formerly Diana Piggott (Dicey), character in Elizabeth Bowen's novel "The Little Girls" (1964)
Miss Dinah Perfect, old lady given to table-rapping in Sheridan Le Fanu's ghost story "All in the Dark" (1866)
Dinah Sachs, narrator and protagonist in Susanna Kaysen's novel "Asa, As I Knew Him" (1987)
Dinah, The feline companion of Rini and the daughter of Luna and Artemis on Sailor Moon

Deena, Dina, Dinna, Dyna, Dynah

Dinah's International Variations

Dine (Yiddish)