Where did the baby name Dixiana come from in 1930?

The name Dixiana appeared in the U.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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