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

The name Dinah is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "God will judge". Dinah and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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, Alice's cat in Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland"
Dinah Hunter, character in the Demon Headmaster books and television series
Dinah Mannering, character in Enid Blyton's "The Island of Adventure"
Dinah, the family cook in The Bobbsey Twins series
Dinah Drake and Dinah Laurel Lance aka Black Canary, mother and daughter DC Comics characters
Aunt Dinah, cook in Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin"
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"
"Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah..." lyrics from the American folk song "I've Been Working on the Railroad"

Dyna, Dynah, Dina, Deena, Dinna

Dinah's International Variations

Dine (Yiddish)


benjamelissa Says:


di’-nah; vindicated Gen 30:21

NykkiJo Says:


Adorable! I taught a little Dinah from a religious family.

Ruanne Says:


Thanks, I was wondering how it was pronounced.

Theodora Graham Says:


I love Dinah. It is worth noting that when said aloud, it does sound a tad like the word 'diner' said in a Northeastern American accent, however - unless you use the dee-nah pronunciation, which is lovely as well.

Haids1987 Says:


I think this is such a pretty, feminine name. I prefer the DEE-nah pronunciation, I think it softens it some. :-)

headintheclouds Says:


You just don't see this name very often, which is a shame because I think it deserves to be a biblical name classic along the ranks of Sarah and Hannah. I typically don't gravitate toward -h ending names and prefer the spellings Sara and Hanna, but the -h in this case makes the name; Dina just doesn't have the same loveliness and gravitas for me.

Dinah seems very elegant and gentle with an underlying steadfastness and strength to it- I get the same vibe with Irene, and my image of a Dinah would be someone who is quiet, competent and determined.

KatieVDP Says:


I named my little girl Dinah, and I don't regret it one little bit.

EW314 Says:


Love this name! "DYE-nuh" is the pronunciation most often used here in the UK. It's a simple, pretty, classic name that seems to have completely fallen off the radar for some reason.

If I remember correctly, the protagonist in the "Demon Headmaster" series of books by Gillian Cross is called Dinah. There's also an Ingrid, I believe - good work, Gillian!

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Hailey Says:


I prefer it pronounced like DEE-nah, and if I remember correctly, that is the Biblical pronunciation. Very pretty, soft name.

scblovesnames Says:


I'm back at this name. I should probably put it on the list.

lesliemarion Says:


My own beloved cat is named Dinah for Alice's cat! I LOVE this smooth, rich, classic name. Revival time!

Kisa Says:


I think Dinah is a forgotten classic. It's on my short list of favorite names!

Saffron_Rice Says:


Yes, that's my only reservation about this name. The actress Dinah Shore had a name crying out for dinosaur jokes, though I've never heard that anyone made the connection.

Catastroffy Says:


That was what I was going to say!

jordalini Says:


I think this name would be so cute on a little girl, and still wearable for an adult

NaomiNY Says:


"Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, strumming on the old banjo..."

NaomiNY Says:


I think the kitten in Sailor Moon is named Diana, not Dinah.

gailk Says:


"Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah, someone's in the kitchen I know-ow-ow-ow..."

jessieo Says:


Reminds me of the little kitty cat in Alice in Wonderland :)

CocoWhite Says:


Pretty, but it sounds too much like "dino" to me, like dinosaurs.