"God will judge"

Dinah Origin and Meaning

The name Dinah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God will judge".

As the song says, "Dinah, is there anyone finer?" Dinah is a charming, underused Old Testament name with a rich literary and musical resume.

In the Old Testament, Dinah was the beautiful daughter of Jacob and Leah. While some conflate the Biblical Dinah with the Biblical Adinah, they are in fact different figures in the Old Testament.

Dinah is the heroine of the best-selling Anita Diamant novel The Red Tent. In the George Eliot novel Adam Bede, Dinah Morris is a young preacher who marries the hero. And in the classic film The Philadelphia Story, Dinah is the heroine's sassy kid sister. Dinah also appears in Alice in Wonderland as the name of Alice’s kitten.

One important thing to note is that "Aunt Dinah" has been used as a racial stereotype, from the character of the cook in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The term has also appeared in several songs.

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

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Dinah Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Dinah Popularity

Famous People Named Dinah

  • DinahBiblical daughter of Jacob
  • Dinah Washington (born Ruth Lee Jones)American singer
  • Frances Rose "Dinah" ShoreAmerican singer
  • Dinah Beth ManoffAmerican actress
  • Dinah Jane Milika Ilaisaane Hansensinger 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 PfizenmaierGerman tennis player
  • Dinah Cancerstage name of vocalist Mary Ann Sims
  • Dinah Barbara ChristieCanadian actress
  • Dinah Maria CraikEnglish novelist
  • Dinah LenneyAmerican actress

Dinah in Pop Culture

  • DinahAlice's cat in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
  • Dinah Huntercharacter in the Demon Headmaster books and television series
  • Dinah Manneringcharacter in Enid Blyton's "The Island of Adventure"
  • Dinahthe family cook in The Bobbsey Twins series
  • Dinah Drake and Dinah Laurel Lance aka Black Canarymother and daughter DC Comics characters
  • Aunt Dinahcook in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
  • Dinah Lordcharacter in movie "The Philadelphia Story"
  • Dinahcharacter in Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy"
  • Dinah de La Baudrayecharacter in Balzac's "Comedie humaine"
  • Mrs. Dinah Delacroixformerly Diana Piggott (Dicey), character in Elizabeth Bowen's "The Little Girls" (1964)
  • Miss Dinah Perfectold lady given to table,rapping in Sheridan Le Fanu's "All in the Dark" (1866)
  • Dinah Sachsmain character in Susanna Kaysen's "Asa, As I Knew Him" (1987)
  • Dinahcharacter in anime "Sailor Moon"
  • Dinah Marlercharacter on American soap "Guiding Light"
  • "Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah..." lyrics from the American folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"