Dalia (given name)
Dalia is a common feminine name in Arabic (Arabic: داليا) and Hebrew (Hebrew: דַּלְיָה). The name in Arabic stems from the word for grape vine and in Hebrew from word for [tip of a ] branch, especially that of a grapevine or an olive tree. There are several biblical and Talmudic references. However, confusion arose among Hebrew speakers due to the similarity to the name of the flower Dahlia, named in honor of Anders Dahl, a Swedish botanist, by Spanish naturalist Antonio José de Cavanilles, director of the Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid of 18th century.
It is also a popular feminine name in Lithuania, meaning 'destiny' or 'fate' and derived from Lithuanian pagan traditions. Dalia (mythology) is also said to mean "a strong branch."
Notable people with the name include:
- Dalia Contreras (born 1983), Venezuelan taekwando practitioner
- Dalia Dorner (born 1934), former Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel
- Dalia El Behery (born 1978), Egyptian actress, model, TV presenter, and Miss Egypt 1990
- Dalia Grybauskaitė (born 1956), politician and current President of Lithuania
- Dalia Hertz, Israeli poet
- Dalia Itzik (born 1952), Israeli politician
- Dalia Lion, Miss Israel 1961
- Dale Messick (1906-2005), born Dalia Messick, creator of the comic strip Brenda Starr
- Dalia Azab born 1991, Egyptian billionaire
- Dalia Mogahed (born 1974), American Muslim scholar and adviser to President Barack Obama
- Dalia Rabin-Pelossof (born 1950), Israeli politician
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