What does Dorothy mean?
Dorothy \d(o)-ro-thy\ as a girls' name is pronounced DOR-a-thee. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dorothy is "gift of God". Theodora is its synonym. Literary: the heroine of Frank Baum's "The Wonderful World of Oz", published in 1900. Writers Dorothy Parker, Dorothy Sayers; actresses Dorothy Gish, Dorothy Lamour.
Dorothy▼ has 40 variants: Dasha, Dasya, Dodie, Dody, Doe, Doll, Dolley, Dolli, Dollie▼, Dolly▼, Doortje, Dora▼, Doretta, Dori, Dorika, Dorinda, Dorit, Dorita, Doritha, Dorlisa, Doro, Doronit, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorotha▼, Dorothea▼, Dorothee, Dorrit, Dortha▼, Dorthea, Dorthy▼, Dory, Dosha, Dosya, Dot, Dottey, Dottie▼, Dotty, Tea▼ and Thea.
For more information, see also the related girl name Doria.
Dorothy is a very popular first name for females (#10 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#25845 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Dorothy for girls. Dorothy reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is currently at #731. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Dorothy and related names. Thea (#776 in 2014), Tea, Dottie, Theda, Theodosia, Theodora, Theo, Dosha, Dortha, Dori, Dora, Dolly, Dorinda, Dorotha, Dollie, Dorothea and Dorthy are the prominent alternative forms of Dorothy (#731 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.3826%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.0274%, down 92.8%), with versions such as Dolly, Dora, Dorotha, Dollie and Dorthy becoming somewhat dated. Thea (#776) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns in this compilation, and there is a rekindling in birth name usage for this name. (2014 Birth Statistics)