Quick Facts on Dallas
- American, English, Scottish
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Characteristics of Dallas
Etymology & Historical Origin - Dallas
Dallas is the transferred use of a surname with Scottish and Anglo-Saxon roots and therefore two possible meanings. The first is derived from a topographical place, from the Olde English “dael” (valley) and “hus” (house) to signify one who lived in a house by the valley. The second comes from a specific place name, from the Gaelic “dail” (meadow) and the Olde English “gwas” (dwelling) to signify a meadow dwelling. Or from the Gaelic “dalfhas” which also means ‘meadow stance’ indicating a meadow used as a night’s resting place by cattle drivers. As a male personal name, Dallas is largely restricted to the United States in homage to George Mifflin Dallas, a former Vice President under James Polk and after whom the third largest city in Texas is purportedly named.
Popularity of the Name Dallas
Dallas has been a long-used male given name in the United States, dating back to the 19th century. The name has always maintained a consistently moderate position on the charts for well over 100 years. The name was likely introduced to little boys as the transferred use of the Scottish surname, but today we suspect it’s used more as a place name (considering the current trends). Place names are far more popular for little girls, but from time to time, they do show up on the male naming charts. Some other examples of place names as boy names: Austin, Kingston, Israel, Zion, Troy and Phoenix. Dallas is another example of this naming style. Dallas is also a character who appeared in S.E. Hinton’s coming-of-age novel “The Outsiders” (1967) – he was the toughest of all the Greasers, giving the name a slightly dangerous quality. Although the name does not appear on the female naming charts, it is infrequently used for little girls (although we agree this is a highly masculine name).
Popularity of the Boy Name Dallas
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dallas
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dallas
Dallas Winston (The Outsiders) Dallas “Dally” Winston is a character in S.E. Hinton’s novel “The Outsiders” first published in 1967 and then made into a film directed by Francis Ford Coppola in 1983 (starring a young Matt Dillon as Dally). Dally is the roughest of the Greasers (the “bad boys”) and as the narrator Pony Boy tells us, Dallas inspires somehow “he got drunk, he rode in rodeos, lied, cheated, stole, rolled drunks, jumped small kids – he did everything. I didn't like him, but I had to respect him.” But behind that rough exterior exists someone who deeply cares about Johnny and Pony Boy – he looks out of them, defends them and ultimately embarks on a suicide mission because of his grief over Johnny’s death. He’s the brave (if reckless) bad boy with a hidden heart, and who probably cries for his own lost innocence by looking after the two younger boys.
Popular Songs on Dallas
Dallas - a song by Alan Jackson
Dallas - a song by Ely Joe
Dallas - a song by Jimmy Buffett
Goodnight Dallas - a song by Carlene Carter
Children's Books on the Baby Name Dallas
Dallas, TX: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Kate Boehm Jerome) - Do you know...WHAT unusual exhibit celebrates the work of many famous people at the Baylor University Medical Center? (Hint: The exhibit is a real "hands-on" display!) WHO claims the title of the "Tallest Cowboy in Texas?" (Hint: He's a regular at the State Fair!) Find these answers and more in Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know--an interesting little book about a very special place on the planet! Arcadia Kids is a new series of fun, colorful, easy-to-read books for children ages 7-11 featuring attention-grabbing cover art, inviting conversational style content, and vivid full-color images of landmarks and geography. Parents, grandparents, and savvy shoppers will appreciate the feel good factor of purchasing books that are both fun AND educational. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Famous People Named Dallas
Famous People Named Dallas - Dallas Dean Clark (football player); Dallas Smith (singer); Dallas Green (guitarist); Dallas (former persona of wrestler Lance Hoyt); Dallas Austin (musician); Dallas Braden (baseball player); Dallas Drake (hockey player); Dallas Frazier (country musician); Bryce Dallas Howard (actress); Dallas Lovato (sister of Demi Lovato); Dallas Reynolds (football player); Dallas Smith (hockey player)
Children of Famous People Named Dallas
Famous People Who Named Their Son Dallas - Fred Durst (musician)
Dallas - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Dallas - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dallas.
Personality of the Boy Name Dallas
The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature. They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.
Variations of the Baby Name - Dallas