Baby Name Story – Medina

Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion was the first Prime Minister of Israel.

He was close friends with Hungarian-born photojournalist Paul Goldman, whose best-known photograph is of Ben-Gurion doing a headstand at the beach.

Goldman’s only child, a daughter, was born on 29 November 1947 — the date the UN adopted Resolution 181, the Partition Plan intended to establish a Jewish state and an Arab state in Palestine.

Goldman asked Ben-Gurion what he ought to name the baby girl. Ben-Gurion suggested the very unusual name Medina, the Hebrew word for “state,” and Goldman took his suggestion.

[Here’s a picture of Medina and her father at the Mandelbaum Gate in 1955.]

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