Dixie was once used as a generic name for the southern U.S. states from the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland, and which later defined the boundary between free states and slave states. The name may have originated as a nickname for Dixon, an English patrynomic surname meaning “son of Dick”, the latter a diminutive of Richard meaning “strong ruler” or “powerful ruler” from Germanic elements ric (power, rule) and hard (brave, hardy). Dixie also has much older roots, especially as a surname; it may also have originated as a nickname for a chorister which derives from Latin dixi meaning “I have spoken”. The name may also have derived from French dix meaning “ten” derived from the currency used in New Orleans banks for ten dollar bills; dix comes from Latin meaning “ten”. Dixie seems to have been used as a male name in the past though now it’s more common for girls.
Origin: Ancient Germanic, Latin
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- Dixey (English)