Dinah - Meaning of Dinah
[ 2 syll. di-nah, din-ah ] The baby girl name Dinah is pronounced in English as DAY-Nah †. Dinah's language of origin is Indoeuropean and Hebrew, and it is predominantly used in English, Hebrew, and German. From Hebrew roots, its meaning is 'vindicated' - in this context, Dinah can be used in the English and German languages. It is a biblical name derived from the element din with the meaning 'judgement, lawsuit'. The name was borne in the Bible by the daughter of Jacob and Leah, who was raped by Shechem and avenged by her brothers. It was adopted by English Puritans after the Reformation, and was popular in the 19th century. Today, the name is sometimes taken as a form of Diana despite the difference in origin. Its etymology is, however, similar to Daniel and thus it has sometimes been taken as the feminine form of Daniel.
Dinah is an English and Hebrew variant transcription of Diana.
Dinah has 17 variant transcriptions that are used in English and foreign languages. English variant transcriptions include Deena, Dena, Dene, Deneen, Denia, Denica, Denna, Dinna, Dinora, Dinorah (used in Portuguese and Spanish too), Dyna, Dynah, Dynna, and Kina. Other English forms include the shortening Di, and the spelling variant Dina (used in German too). Dine (Yiddish) is a variant transcription of Dinah that is used in foreign languages.
Dinah is an unusual baby name for girls. Its usage peaked modestly in 1955 with 0.017% of baby girls being named Dinah. It ranked at #485 then. The baby name has since experienced a steep drop in popularity, and is of only very light use now. In 2018, among the group of girl names directly related to Dinah, Diana was the most regularly used.
† Pronunciation for Dinah: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AY as in "side (S.AY.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"