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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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#19719 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dorothy for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dorothy and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dollie, Dolly, Dora, Dori, Dorinda, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy, Dosha, Dottie, Tea, Thea and Theodora. (2015 statistics).
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