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It's pretty. For me, the flower is the first thing that comes to mind instead of the Black Dahlia murder. A lot of kids haven't even heard of the murder, so I don't think the association would be much of a problem.
someone-  11/1/2019
Dyhia is better.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2018
When I think of Dahlia, I think of a field of colorful, beautiful flowers and royal gardens! I like the pronunciation of Dahlia like the a in apple Dal-yah.
― Anonymous User  9/24/2018
Pretty and feminine.
Curious me  9/11/2018
Dahlia is a gorgeous name. It's so lovely and feminine.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
The name of the flower is pronounced as DAY-lee-ə in British English.
― Anonymous User  6/23/2018
Dahlia is a character in the game and webseries Angry Birds Stella. She is a part of Stella's Flock and is the brain of the group. She can invent many things, and her superpower is Kung-Fu Science, in which she teleports through blocks and destroys them from within.
Kitandkat  3/30/2018
That’s my name, many people say that it’s a beautiful name and I agree.
― Anonymous User  2/9/2018
Dahlia Hawthorne is an important character from the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series.
normemegian  9/6/2017
I think it's much more beautiful spelled Dalia, without the H, but both are lovely.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2017
This name is so pretty! One of my favorites.
DundiculutNicholas  1/15/2017
Black Dahlia is an Anthrax song.
ERK  1/2/2017
It's such a lovely, delightful, and grand sounding name, only an ignorant, sheltered, one view mind from a small town mispronounces the name.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2016
I kind of hate this name for no reason at all. The sound is just ugly, and the "h" in the middle of the name looks out of place. I love Delilah, it has a much better sound and association. I made Dahlia a closed-minded, arrogant and problematic character in one of my stories. One could argue that she's even evil. I made sure to choose a name that I didn't care for so that I didn't ruin anything for me.
― Anonymous User  4/25/2016
This beautiful name can also be pronounced /ˈdälyə/ (i.e. "doll-ya") as per the Oxford US dictionary. This is the pronunciation I usually hear in Northeastern United States, and I think it makes the most sense given the etymology of the word: Anders Dahl's last name is pronounced /däl/ (i.e. "doll"), after all!
SearchingForSelf  2/8/2016
I named my daughter Dahlia (born 2014) and I get nothing but compliments on the name. No one ever mentions the murder. Only one of my friends had even heard of it. The association hasn't been a looming specter for us.

The only bump in the road is that our Canadian family had to be taught not to pronounce it Day-lee-uh, which is apparently how they pronounce Dahlia up there. I live in the US and we pronounce it Dah-lee-uh.
chicagoluvpeace  1/31/2016
The name Dahlia is such a cute, girly name. :) I love how it's a flower name. This name is brilliant as it ages very well. :D.
― Anonymous User  4/9/2015
Lady Dahlia was an important character in the video game "Professor Layton and the Curious Village."
― Anonymous User  5/29/2013
This is my favorite flower name besides Zinnia and its just way better than Delilah (hate but love that song) and Delia (also hate). Dahlia is the winner.
― Anonymous User  5/18/2013
I don't think of the unsolved murder case when I hear this name, but I still think "Dahlia" has a sort of dark, almost seductive ring that other names - say, "Daisy" - doesn't have. I like it, but I wouldn't give it to my daughter. I feel as though it belongs on a woman, not a girl.
― Anonymous User  4/16/2013
Nickname: Dollie.
SEC908  3/21/2013
I love 'flower' names-they're so feminine and pretty! As for the Black Dahlia association, every name has some sort of negative association! What you do is find a positive one, like the beautiful flower. I've never heard it said Doll-yah, but I have heard Doll-EE-yah. I also love the traditional spelling Dahlia over Dalia; Omitting the H cheapens the name. =]
threevelvetbullets  9/28/2012
Dahlia Salem (born 1971 in New York City) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2012
Yup, DAY lee a is the usual British English pronunciation for the flower, and presumably the name when used here. (No idea why!)
Pie  5/11/2012
Dahlia is the name of Bertie Wooster's nice aunt in the Jeeves stories by P G Wodehouse.
ALOF10  4/15/2012
In the English TV series "Jeeves & Wooster", Aunt Dahlia's name is pronounced "DAY-lee-ə".
Kate  9/19/2011
There is a Hollywood Undead song called 'Black Dahlia.'
ListenToAsuka  8/6/2011
Dahlia is the heaviest and darkest flower name that there is. The name is surprisingly flexible; it would suit anyone from a mischievous young blonde girl to a serious older business woman.
vomiting  2/6/2011
Ah, the many terrible connotations surrounding this otherwise gorgeous name. First, there's the Black Dahlia murder. I don't care much about that. Most kids my age have no idea what the Black Dahlia was.
Then there's Dahlia Gillespie from Silent Hill. That only made me love the name more; a kooky, morbid, haunted, disturbed character that executed this dark name perfectly.
Then, last but not least, the little-known Dahlia Hawthorne from the little-known Phoenix Wright game series. Dahlia Hawthorne was a not-so-innocent, beautiful girl with Crayola-red hair and a lacy parasol that captivated all those around her. Also, she was a cold-blooded serial killer who had nothing to gain from the various deaths she caused besides wealth. She almost ruined the name for me.
But, despite its bad associations, Dahlia remains a beautiful, dark name that isn't too strange and isn't too popular. It is one of the only tolerable flower names (the others--Primrose, Ivy, and Iris).
DaphneSusan  10/12/2010
I doubt that this is really a "modern" English name, considering that an ancestor of mine (we're talking 1800s, great(times 7)-grandma) was a Blackfoot Indian named Dahlia. I assume that this was her English name, and not her tribal name, though unfortunately my family knows little about her. Pity. Anyway, pretty name.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2010
I met a very fortunate person with this name. They are very lucky to have such a beautiful flower name. :)
-Julia-  9/17/2009
In the Victorian language of flowers, the Dahlia signified "elegance" and/or "dignity". Fitting - I think the name itself conveys both elegance and dignity as well.
SeaHorse15  4/9/2009
The surname Dahl comes from the Swedish word "dal", meaning "valley", so I suppose Dahlia would mean that too.
nilamalin  8/14/2008
One time character, for now, "Dahlia Radim" is the sister of recurring character "Ladon Radim" in TV's Sci-Fi show "Stargate: Atlantis". She appeared in the episode called "Coup D'etat" (season 2, episode 17).

There it's pronounced as "DAH-lia".
Charlie1977  4/1/2008
I love the name Dahlia. My sole reason for naming my daughter Dahlia is because of its association with the Black Dahlia. Strange and Morid, but that's what I am. :)
TanTan  12/31/2007
Dahlia Gillespie, a character from "Silent Hill"- a video game turned film.
FMRadio  12/28/2007
I can't think of this name without thinking of Dahlia Gillespie, that psycho witch from "Silent Hill". Her image pops into my head - she creeps me out! Sorry if I screwed up this name for anyone.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2007
The Dahlia is a flower native to Mexico - it is also the national flower.
sarahj  7/16/2007
I personally love this name. I associate it more with Minnie Driver's character on The Riches than I do with that murder. So it's all good.
Mitzi  4/3/2007
This is a beautiful name, and some may unfortunately connect it to the Black Dahlia murder case from the '40s. However, there is a new TV show out on FX that began 3/12/07 called "The Riches" and there is a character named Dahlia (she is played by Minnie Driver). Her husband calls her Dahling, which is an adorable option for a nickname!
FrDncr22DMB  3/13/2007
I love this name! It's so graceful and delicate. But, as people have mentioned before, everyone who met someone with this name would immediately think of the murder, which is a shame. Maybe spelling it without the h would help, if you wanted to do it that way.
scarletquillraven  2/20/2007
I like this name a lot! It's just too bad that the first thing people will think of when they hear this name is of the Black Dahlia murder. Such a shame, as it's a very pretty name.
Pheadirean  1/14/2007
My name. =] I personally like it, myself. My family and I have always pronounced it like Dolly-uh. Not Doll-ya like it says on this site. =/
dahlia  11/28/2006
I think it's a very beautiful name, but I agree with the user above me; I always associate it with Elizabeth Short's murder (Black Dahlia) as well. The murder is extremely gruesome and it's really impossible to overcome the association which is why I could never use it for my child, way too depressing.
audreyhubley  8/27/2006
It's a very beautiful name, quite elegant but also strong and determined. I would love to name my daughter that! It gives off a kind of radiance, kinda like a flower, when you say it! I also heard that "Dahlia" means and/or is a flower named for a botanist named A. Dahl.
Keg  6/18/2006
I think Dahlia is such a lovely, sweet-sounding, gentle and feminine name, including it is the name of a beautiful flower. A nice nickname that could be used is "Dolly" (note: pronounced as DAH-lly). Blocking off it's rather negative, dark associations I'd love to name my daughter this. I don't think it's associations should be a reason not to use this name. People still name their daughters 'Katrina', 'Dawn' which has many obscure associations and others. There was also a film in 1947 called 'The Blue Dahlia.' I still think this is just a lovely name.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
It can also be pronounced DAH-Lia. That's how I pronounce it. It's so lovely.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
The Bulgarian variant of "Dahlia" and "Dalia" is "Daliya". In Bulgarian "daliya" means "dahlia". That is why "Daliya" has a nameday on Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) - the day of flowers and willows (the names of the other trees also have a nameday). Therefore "Dahlia" and "Dalia" can celebrate their namedays on Palm Sunday.
iva_toneva  5/26/2006
The name Dahlia is Greek for "Flower."
Caledonia  5/18/2006
Dahlia is NOT Greek for flower. (That would be either louloudi or anthos.)
Kosta  6/4/2007
One cannot think of the name without being reminded of the legendary Black Dahlia murder of 1947. Elizabeth (Beth) Short was cut in half outside of Los Angeles, CA and the case remains unsolved. A movie entitled "The Black Dahlia" is due to be released this year (2006) and will feature Oscar winner Hillary Swank, Josh Hartnett, Aaron Eckhart, and the lovely Scarlett Johansson.

Without this connotation its a lovely name, but it is not an association that is easy to overcome.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2006

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