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There's something about the South that says charm, hospitality and courtesy. This list of Dixie baby names may inspire a choice for your southern belle or gentleman.
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  • Abigail

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    Abigail, an Old Testament name -- she was the wife of David, renowned for her beauty, wisdom, and prophetic powers -- that became a term for a maid in the early nineteenth century, leading to a fal... Read More 

  • Ada

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    Ada was a favorite at the end of the nineteenth century that has started to come back in the past few years. Some may seek it out as an alternative to the overpopular Ava, and it's also part of the... Read More 

  • Alma

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    Alma is a somewhat solemn, soulful name that had a burst of popularity a century ago, then faded into the flowered wallpaper -- though we can see it beginning to find its way back. In addition to ... Read More 

  • Annabelle

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    This is a charming name on the rise along with other-belle names, especially in this form, but also appealing in the more streamlined Annabel spelling, made famous by the Edgar Allen Poe poem Annab... Read More 

  • Atlanta

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    Georgia and Savannah are already popular, but Atlanta is just entering the baby-name map. Atalanta takes it mythological. Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin -- a name with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the solid base of having long been an Anglo-Saxon surname --reached the Top 10 in the 1990s, but has been gradually sli... Read More 

  • Bayard

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    An old English redhead name -- one of the few that doesn't begin with the letter r -- with references both to a famous French knight and a magical horse.  Read More 

  • Beau

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    Beau suggests someone devilishly handsome, with a large measure of southern charm--a nice image to bestow on your boy. Often solely a nickname in the past, it's now standing firmly on its own--this... Read More 

  • Belle

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    Belle has nothing but positive associations, from "belle of the ball" to "Southern belle" to the heroine of Disney's Beauty and the Beast . Though it has been overshadowed by the Twilight -influe... Read More 

  • Blanche

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    Blanche, which originated as a nickname for a pale blonde, was in style a century ago, ranking in the double digits until 1920. She then had to fight the stereotype of faded Southern belle, a la Bl... Read More 

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