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Gender: F Magnolia's Popularity in 2014: #831

Magnolia, a sweet-smelling Southern belle of a name made famous via the iconic Edna Ferber novel and musical Showboat, is one of the latest wave of botanical names, along with exotic blossoms Azalea and Zinnia.

Magnolia has been chosen for his daughter by Adrian Young of No Doubt--which happens to be a fabulous baby-naming consortium as well as a great group.

In Showboat, the Magnolia character goes by nicknames Noa, Nollie and Maggie.

Magnolia charted on the popularity list almost every year from 1880 to 1940, topping at Number 420 in 1909 -- but it's now making a comeback.

Magnolia Breeland is a character on the TV show Hart of Dixie--who happens to have a sister named Lemon and a father named Brick.

Famous People Named Magnolia

Magnolia Renée Young, daughter of American drummer Adrian Young

Pop Culture References for the name Magnolia

Magnolia Hawkes-Main character in Show Boat
Steel Magnolias - movie from 1989 with Sally Field, Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts
The Grand Magnolias - American indie rock band
Magnolia Breeland - character on TV show "Hart of Dixie"
Sugar Magnolia- Grateful Dead song
Magnolia- town in the anime 'Fairy Tail'
Magnolia Jenkins, a character in The Long Secret by Louise Fitzhugh
Magnolia Stryder - Melanie Stryder's aunt in The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Isabel Magnolia - deceased friend of Levi Ackerman in the anime "Attack on Titan"

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