The Baby Name Dixiana

The baby name Dixiana appeared in the SSA’s baby name data just twice in the early 1930s, and the variant spelling Dixianna was a one-hit wonder during the same period:

  • 1932: unlisted
  • 1931: 6 baby girls named Dixiana
    • 7 more named Dixianna
  • 1930: 6 baby girls named Dixiana
  • 1929: unlisted

Where did the name come from?

The musical film Dixiana, which was released in mid-1930 and which — like The Wizard of Oz — included an innovative mid-movie transition from black and white to Technicolor.

The film’s main character, Dixiana Caldwell (played by Bebe Daniels), was a circus performer in the antebellum South. She fell in love with the son of a plantation owner, but a crooked gambler had his designs on her as well…

The movie also featured a song called “Dixiana” [vid], sung by the main character.

What do you think of the name Dixiana?

Sources: Dixiana (film) – Wikipedia, Dixiana – Rotten Tomatoes

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