The surname Dinger may come from the Middle Low German surname Dinger, which was derived from the Old High German word "dinc" meaning "judicial trial or hearing." The name may also have originated with the place names Ding or Dingen.
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John R. Dinger (b. 1953), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Ambassador Larry Miles Dinger (b. 1946), the U.S. chargé d'affaires to Burma
Paul Dinger (b. 1871), American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of Michigan, 1928; Socialist Labor Candidate for Michigan State Treasurer, 1930 
Paul Dinger, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Cuyahoga County, 1897; Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Ohio 21st District, 1900 
Marvin L. Dinger, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Iron County; Elected 1964 
Larry Miles Dinger (b. 1946), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Micronesia, 2001-04; Fiji, 2005-08; Tuvalu, 2005-08; Kiribati, 2005-08; Tonga, 2005-08; Nauru, 2005-08 
John R. Dinger (b. 1952), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia, 2000 
Derek Dinger (b. 1987), German professional ice hockey defenceman
Fritz Dinger (1915-1943), German Luftwaffe ace credited with 67 victories, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Thomas Dinger (1952-2002), German drummer, singer and songwriter
^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)