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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, 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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dorothy name in U.S.

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

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dollie, Dolly, Dora, Dori, Dorinda, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dosha, Dottie, Tea, Thea, Theodora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dorothy, Tea, Thea outside U.S.