Meaning and name origin
Dorothy \d(o)-ro-thy\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: 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, Dortha▼, Dorrit, 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 or last name for all people (#19719 out of 88799, Top 22%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dorothy for girls. Dorothy reached its highest rank of #2 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dorothy and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dorothy (#731), Thea (#776), Dosha, Dorthy, Dottie, Tea, Theodora, Dortha, Dollie, Dori, Dora, Dorinda, Dorotha, Dorothea and Dolly. (2014 statistics).