Dinah

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

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, Biblical daughter of Jacob
Dinah Washington (born Ruth Lee Jones), American singer
Frances Rose "Dinah" Shore, American singer
Dinah Beth Manoff, American actress
Dinah Jane Hansen, singer of American girl group Fifth Harmony
Dinah Lee (born Diane Marie Jacobs), New Zealand pop singer
Dinah Sheridan (born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg), English actress
Dinah Pfizenmaier, German tennis player

Pop Culture References for the Name Dinah

Dinah, Heroin in the TV Series, The Red Tent (pronounced Deena)
"Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah..." lyrics from the American folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"
Dinah, Alice's pet cat in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
Dinah, the family cook in "The Bobbsey Twins" series
Dinah Lance aka the Black Canary, DC Comics character
Dinah Laurel Lance, character in the show Arrow based on the DC comics
Dinah Lord, character in movie "The Philadelphia Story"
Dinah, character in Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy"
Dinah de La Baudraye, character in Balzac's "Comedie humaine"
Mrs. Dinah Delacroix, formerly Diana Piggott (Dicey), character in Elizabeth Bowen's "The Little Girls" (1964)
Miss Dinah Perfect, old lady given to table-rapping in Sheridan Le Fanu's "All in the Dark" (1866)
Dinah Sachs, main character in Susanna Kaysen's "Asa, As I Knew Him" (1987)
Dinah, character in anime "Sailor Moon"
Dinah Marler, character on American soap "Guiding Light"

Deena, Dina, Dinna, Dyna, Dynah

Dinah's International Variations

Dine (Yiddish)

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