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Quick Facts on Dahlia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 439
Simple meaning:
Mexican national flower

Characteristics of Dahlia

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Dahlia

The Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico. It was named after a Swedish botanist named Andres Dahl. Incidentally, the Swedish word “dal” means “valley” and the Dahlia is often referred to as the “valley flower”. Prized for its beauty, the Dahlia typically symbolizes elegance and dignity. But it is also emblematic of the eternal bonds of commitment and therefore often the flower of choice for weddings. Naming children after plants, trees and flowers was quite fashionable in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but for some reason Dahlia didn’t make the cut. Rather, Dahlia is a name that has only recently come into circulation. It is also often associated with “The Black Dahlia”, an epithet given to murder victim Elizabeth Short whose 1947 sensationalized seedy Hollywood murder-mystery was never solved.

Popularity of the Name Dahlia

Dahlia first appeared on the American female naming charts in 2006. No coincidence, this is the same year film director Brian De Palma released his crime-noir movie “The Black Dahlia” about the Elizabeth Short murder. The film didn’t do a whole lot for the name’s popularity, but it did help her onto the charts for the first time ever. Dahlia has only climbed in popularity since 2006, but we doubt this is any longer influenced by the unsolved murder case. Now the name is appreciated for its stand-alone beauty and association with the lovely and proud Mexican national flower.
Popularity of the Girl Name Dahlia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dahlia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Dahlia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dahlia

    Dahlia We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Dahlia.

  • Popular Songs on Dahlia

    Popular Songs on Dahlia

    Dahlia - a song by Phish

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Dahlia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Dahlia

    Black Dahlia: Shattered Dreams (Brenda Haugen) - In 1947 the murder of beautiful aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, who became known as the Black Dahlia, horrified the nation. Read all about a notorious case that has fascinated people for more than 60 years. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Dahlia (Barbara McClintock) - Looks can be deceiving! When Charlotte gets a delicate doll from her aunt Edme, she is not too happy. She tells the doll that she and Bruno, her bear, "like digging in dirt and climbing trees. No tea parties, no being pushed around in frilly prams. You'll just have to get used to the way we do things." Much to Charlotte and Bruno's surprise, Dahlia seems to like getting dirty while making mud cakes and racing wagons. But at the end of the day, Charlotte's aunt arrives for a visit and wants to see how Dahlia's doing…and Charlotte is in for another surprise. Charming, detailed illustrations accompany this sweet story about making room for a new friend. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dahlia Jean, the Jungle Queen (Matthew Smith) - The African Congo can be a big, scary place for a child ... but not when she is the Queen of the Jungle! Follow Dahlia through a day of fun and adventures, and learn how important it is to have a good imagination. A sweet jungle tale for the whole family to enjoy! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Dahlia

    Famous People Named Dahlia

    Famous People Named Dahlia - Dahlia Ravikovitch (Israeli writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Dahlia

    Children of Famous People Named Dahlia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Dahlia - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Dahlia.

  • Historic Figures

    Dahlia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    The Black Dahlia (29 Jul 1924 – c. 15 Jan 1947) - “The Black Dahlia” was the nickname given by the press to the young woman (Elizabeth Short) found murdered and mutilated in Los Angeles over half a century ago. Elizabeth Short’s story was brief and terrible, and, as such, supplied much grist for the mills of the morbidly inclined. Her murder was never solved, but that has not stopped many writers, film makers and amateur sleuths from posing solutions to her death. The few known facts are scanty. Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts. When she was five years old, her father went on the lam, looking as if he were a possible suicide. When he turned up in Southern California, young Elizabeth, at the age of 19, went to join him. The reunion was short-lived, as apparently Daddy didn’t approve of the many men that the pretty young woman dated. After being arrested for underage drinking, Elizabeth was shipped back to her mother in Massachusetts, but returned soon thereafter. Although engaged at one point, her fiancé died in the war; she never married and she never bore a child. She was brutally murdered, no one knows who did it, and the case is cold to this day. That doesn’t stop the curious from the alluring task of trying to find the missing clue. A sad story to be attached to so beautiful a name.

Personality of the Girl Name Dahlia

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Dahlia

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