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Quick Facts on Dixie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • American, French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 876
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Dixie

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Dixie

Dixie is a nickname used for "the South" (i.e., the southern states of America). The origin of this moniker is a bit trickier. There are a couple theories as to when the South began to be referred to as Dixie or Dixieland. Most likely the name is derived from currency originally printed at a bank in the French Quarter of New Orleans; ten dollar bills were issued labeled with the word “dix” (French for “ten”) and the English-speaking locals started calling the money “Dixies”. The French speaking parts of New Orleans and Louisiana became known as “Dixieland” and eventually the term broadened to incorporate most of the South. Secondly, Dixie could have come from the Mason-Dixon Line (surveyed in the 1760s) which essentially separated the northern free states from the southern slave-owning states. In this case, the name would have come from one of the two eponymous surveyors, Jeremiah Dixon – a surname that means “Dick’s son” (Dick being a medieval pet form of Richard which means “powerful, strong”). Finally, we have read – but question the reliability of – yet another origin for Dixie. In this case, Manhattan (NYC) was regarded as the first Dixie Land in reference to a large landowner and slaveholder “Mr. Dixy” who had a reputation of ruling with a kind hand and providing creature comforts for his slaves. It came to be known as a utopia of sorts, so when the slaves were sent elsewhere they cried out to be back in old Dixy’s Land. What we do know is what caused the widespread usage of the term “Dixie” as another name for the South. That credit goes to a Northerner actually: songwriter Daniel Emmett wrote “I Wish I was in Dixie” for his blackface musical variety troupe in 1859. First performed in NYC, “Dixie’s Land” became an instant smash hit and Southerners adopted it as an anthem of sorts. In fact, after the Confederates surrendered the American Civil War, President Lincoln graciously instructed the military band to play Dixie. As a female given name Dixie has been around in American since the 19th century. We think it’s safe to assume the name has a longer and more persistent history of usage in the Southern states.

Popularity of the Name Dixie

Dixie goes as far back on the female naming charts as there is name trending data available (1880). Not only that, but Dixie was a lot more popular than we would have guessed at the turn of the 20th century. The real apex of appeal for this name, however, was during the late 1930s and early 40s. Dixie saw her best year ever in 1938 when the name ranked #167 on the charts – not quite a Top 150 most favorite, but awfully close. For the subsequent three decades (i.e., the 1950s through the 70s) Dixie slowly fell from fashion. The name completely dropped off the American radar (and the girl’s Top 1000 list) in the 1980s and 90s. In fact, it wouldn’t be until pretty recently, in the year 2007, that Dixie has once again graced us with her southern charm. So the name is back on the charts, but it’s still at the very bottom of the list – so Dixie remains a pretty scarce given name (although it’s quite common as a pet name). Dixie is a happy, upbeat, laid-back, casual and southern belle all at once. It’s an informal name choice that doesn’t take itself too seriously. And you don’t have to hail from the South to appreciate this name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Dixie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dixie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Dixie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dixie

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

  • Popular Songs on Dixie

    Popular Songs on Dixie

    Dear Old Dixie - a song by Flatt and Scruggs

    Deep in the Heart of Dixie - a song by Georgia Satellites

    Dick in Dixie - a song by Hank Williams III

    Dixie Boy - a song by Alabama

    Dixie Chicken - a song by Garth Brooks

    Dixie Diner - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Dixie Fire - a song by Alabama

    Dixie Flyer - a song by Travis Tritt

    Dixie Highway - a song by Journey

    Dixie Home - a song by Flatt and Scruggs

    Dixie Lily - a song by Elton John

    Dixie Lullaby - a song by Clint Black

    Dixie on My Mind - a song by Hank Williams, Jr.

    Dixie Road - a song by Lee Greenwood

    Dixie Rose Deluxe's Honky Tonk - a song by Trent Willmon

    Dixie Toot - a song by Rod Stewart

    Dixieland - an early style of jazz music

    I Sang Dixie - a song by Dwight Yoakam

    I Wish I Was in Dixie - a song by Daniel Emmett recorded by multiple performers

    If It Ain't Dixie (It Won't Do) - a song by Alabama

    Is It True What They Say About Dixie - a song by Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

    My Dixie Darlin' - a song by Carlene Carter

    Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody - a song recorded by Jerry Lewis, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and Brenda Lee (among others)

    Sweet Dixie - a song by Molly Hatchet

    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down - a song by The Band

    Whistling Dixie - a song by Kevin Devine

    You Can Thank Dixie - a song by Jake Owen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Dixie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Dixie

    A Home for Dixie: The True Story of a Rescued Puppy (Emma Jackson) - This is the true story of a puppy that did not have a permanent home and a young girl named Emma who desperately wanted a puppy of her own to love. Happily for both, Emma adopts the little puppy, names her Dixie, and in each other they find the companionship they've been looking for. With bonus information on how to support your local animal shelter—and even adopt a rescued dog of your own—this uplifting story, with adorable photographs, is the perfect companion for any dog-loving family. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dixie (Grace Gilman) - From the “I Can Read Book 1” series. Emma needs to prepare for her class's production of The Wizard of Oz, so she can't play with her puppy, Dixie, after school. But Dixie does not understand. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dixie and Taco go to the Zoo (J Monkeys) - A kindergartener and her pooch go to the zoo. When they learn that many of the animals at the zoo are endangered, Dixie and Taco find out what they can do to help. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Dixie Loves School Pet Day (Grace Gilman) - Dixie is going to school with Emma for Pet Day! With so many classmates and pets, the excited puppy can hardly sit still. Will Dixie find new friends? Find out in this easy to follow I Can Read book. Other titles in the series include: Dixie and the Class Treat; Dixie and the School Trip; Dixie Wins the Race; and Dixie and the Big Bully. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Whistling Dixie (Marcia Vaughan) - "Mercy me, Dixie Lee, we've got no place to keep a creature like that!" declares Mama each time Dixie Lee comes whistling home with another preposterous pet from Hokey Pokey Swamp. But Dixie knows better. She finds the perfect place to keep a little bitty gator, a slithery snake, and a hoot owl. All goes well until Grandpappy comes home and orders those critters back to the swamp come sunup. But late that very night, when the moon is up and the bogeyman stalks, maybe Dixie Lee's critters will turn out to make a fine pack of pets after all. Marcia Vaughan has crafted a rollicking good read-aloud story with a southern flair. And Barry Moser's splendid watercolor paintings bring the Hokey Pokey Swamp and all its inhabitants to life with a wonderfully comic hand. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Dixie

    Famous People Named Dixie

    Famous People Named Dixie - Dixie Carter (actress); Dixie Lee (early American actress/entertainer); Dixie Chicks, a country music group

  • Children of Famous People Named Dixie

    Children of Famous People Named Dixie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Dixie - Caleb Followill (singer/guitarist with Kings of Leon); Lily Aldridge (Victoria's Secret model)

  • Historic Figures

    Dixie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Dixie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Dixie.

Personality of the Girl Name Dixie

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Dixie

  • No Variations Found.
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