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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The first is that prior to the Civil War, ten dollar bank notes were circulated by the Citizen's Bank of Louisiana and these notes contained the word "dix," the French for "ten." They were nicknamed "dixies," and the area where they circulated gained the nickname "the land of the dixies."
The second possible source for the name Dixie relates the term to the Mason-Dixon line. The Mason-Dixon line is a geographical line in the United States, first drawn by the surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon in the 18th century to settle a property dispute. In the Civil War era, the line served as a separation between the free states of the North and the slave states of the South. Dixie may have evolved as a nickname for the southern states as a shortened form of Dixon.
As a first name, it may have been given to children who were the tenth child born into a large family. It may also have been given in reference to "Dixie Land," the southern United States. The name Dixie could possibly have also come from the name Richard, by way of the nickname Dick. The connection to Richard accounts for the fact that the name Dixie is sometimes attributed with the meaning "strong" or "powerful." In the late 19th century, Dixie was occasionally used as a boy's name.
In the United States, the name Dixie was a moderately popular baby name in the late 19th century, reaching as high on the top 1000 chart as number 389 in 1889. It remained in the 300s and 400s until the 1930s, when popularity increased. Dixie was most popular in 1938 when it ranked as the 167th most popular girl's name in the United States. From there, the popularity of Dixie began a slow decline, until it dropped off the top 1000 chart in 1984. After a long absence, the name Dixie made a surprise return to the chart in 2007, ranking at number 923. The return of Dixie may be in response to the current trendiness of "x" names, such as Maddox, Alexander or Ximena.
In the late 19th century, Dixie was also used as a boy's name, though with much less frequency. The oldest record held by the Social Security Administration for the name Dixie as a male name is in 1886, when it ranked as the 783rd most popular boy's name in the United States. Dixie has not appeared on the top 1000 boy's chart since the year 1898.
Dixie is also a popular name in Australia, where it ranked 679th in 1997.
- The Dixie Cup took its name from Alfred Schindler's Dixie Doll Company in 1919.
- There is an area of Utah that is nicknamed Dixie. It gained this nickname when the Mormon settlers moved from the deep south to Utah and saw a similarity in the hot temperatures.
- The term "Whistling Dixie" is an American idiom that means people are putting a positive spin on what they say, or are presenting things in an unrealistically positive way. The term is said to derive from the famous Daniel Decatur Emmett song popular during the Civil War era.
- The unofficial nickname for the state of Alabama is "The Heart of Dixie."
- Dixie: paper cups, plates, etc.
- Dixie Chicks: country music band
- Dixie State College, Utah
- Dixie's on Grand: Southern-style restaurant, St. Paul, Minnesota
- The Dixie Network: youth baseball and softball
- Dixie Gun Works
- Dixie National Forest, Utah
- Dixie Carter: actress (born May 25, 1939)
- Dixie Dean (nickname): soccer player, England (born as William Ralph Dean January 22, 1907)
- Dixie Willis: Olympic runner (born December 13, 1941)
- Lady Florence Dixie: British author (born May 24, 1855)
Author: Sarena Emily Levinson
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