Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name 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.

All About the Baby 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.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL 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.

Quick Facts

ON DIXIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

876

PRONUNCIATION:

DIK-see

SIMPLE MEANING:

Ten

Characteristics

OF DIXIE

Humanitarian

Community-minded

Family-oriented

Loving

Affectionate

Compassionate

Sensitive

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Dixie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME DIXIE

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Dixie

Popular Songs

ON DIXIE

You Can Thank Dixie
a song by Jake Owen

Whistling Dixie
a song by Kevin Devine

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

Sweet Dixie
a song by Molly Hatchet

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

My Dixie Darlin'
a song by Carlene Carter

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

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

I Sang Dixie
a song by Dwight Yoakam

Dixie Toot
a song by Rod Stewart

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

Dixie Road
a song by Lee Greenwood

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

Dixie Lullaby
a song by Clint Black

Dixie Lily
a song by Elton John

Dixie Home
a song by Flatt and Scruggs

Dixie Highway
a song by Journey

Dixie Flyer
a song by Travis Tritt

Dixie Fire
a song by Alabama

Dixie Diner
a song by Jimmy Buffett

Dixie Chicken
a song by Garth Brooks

Dixie Boy
a song by Alabama

Dick in Dixie
a song by Hank Williams III

Deep in the Heart of Dixie
a song by Georgia Satellites

Dear Old Dixie
a song by Flatt and Scruggs

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

Rock-a-bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
a song by Aretha Franklin

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

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Dixie

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME DIXIE

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