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What does Dorothea mean?

Dorothea Pronunciation of Dorothea [dorothea] as a girls' name is a Greek name, and the name Dorothea means "gift of God". Dorothea is an alternate spelling of Dorothy (Greek): Theodora is its synonym. See also Thea and Theodora.

Associated with: greek, gift.


Dorothea has 3 variants: Doritha, Dorotha and Dorothee.

7 more different relations via Dorothy: Doretta, Dorita, Dorota, Dorotea, Dortha, Dorthea and Dorthy.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Dorothea Macey (D.M.), ..

How popular is Dorothea?

Dorothea is a very prominent first name for females (#587 out of 4276, Top 14%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Dorothea reached its top rank of #185 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorothea name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dorothea outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Dorothea are Doretta, Dorotha, Dorothy (#714 the previous year), Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Thea (#464) and Theodora. Other forms, like Dorothee, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Dorothea reached its peak in the 1920s (usage of 5.26%) and is now significantly diminished (usage 0.05%, 99% less), with forms such as Dorothea becoming less in vogue. Thea is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorothea, Doretta, Dorotha, Dorothy, Dortha in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorthea, Dorthy, Thea, Theodora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Thea outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Alathea, Alithea, Amalthea, Annthea (see Anthea), Anthea, Bethea, Brytnea (see Brittany), Cynthea, Dakota, Dantea, Dashea, Derora, Diantha, Dolorita, Domitia, Donata, Donatila, Donetta, Donisha, Donita, Doortje, Dora, Dorah, Doralina, Dorcey, Dore, Dorea, Doree, Doreen, Doreina (see Dora), Dorelle, Dorene, Dorette, Dorey, Doreyda, Doria, Doriana, Doriane, Dorianna, Dorice, Dorie, Dorika, Dorina, Dorine, Dorit, Doritt, Dorlisa, Dorma, Doro, Dorona, Dorreen, Dorria, Dorrie, Dorrinda, Dorrma (see Dorma), Dorsea, Dorsie, Doryne (see Doreen), Doryse (see Doris), Dosha, Dottey (see Dorothy), Dottie, Drea, Drora, Elethea, Elthea, Filothea, Fortnea (see Fortney), Galathea, Matthea, Olethea, Orphea, Panthea, Penthea and Timothea. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dorothea.

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