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Gender: F Origin of Dahlia: Flower name Dahlia's Popularity in 2016: #393

One of the flower names, used occasionally in Britain (where it's pronounced DAY-lee-a). It seems to have recovered from what was perceived as a slightly affected la-di-dah air -- it climbed into the top 400 over the past three years. The flower was named in honor of the pioneering Swedish botanist Anders Dahl, which means dale.

In the Victorian language of flowers, Dahlia denotes elegance and dignity.

In P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves stories, Dahlia is Bertie Wooster's more sympathetic aunt, described as being constructed along the lines of Mae West. Reporter Dahlia Lithwick covers legal matters for the online magazine Slate.

Famous People Named Dahlia

Dahlia Salem, American actress
Dahlia Duhaney, Jamaican sprinter
Dahlia Ravikovitch, Israeli poet
Dahlia Lithwick, American journalist
Dahlia Janys King (b. 2011), daughter of footballer Stephen King

Pop Culture References for the name Dahlia

The 'Black Dahlia' murder (1947)
Deering, character on TV's "Devious Maids"
Dahlia Gillespie, antagonist of the video game Silent Hill
Dahlia Malloy, character on TV's "The Riches"
Dahlia Hawthorne, antagonist in the Ace Attorney series
Lady Dahlia Reinhold, character in "Professor Layton" video game
Aunt Dahlia Travers, character in P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves series
Dahlia, powerful witch on TV's "The Originals"
'The Black Dahlia', 2006 film

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