What does Dorothy mean?
Dorothy /do-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▲.
Affiliated girl name: Doria.Kreatif forms: Deirothy, Derothy, Diorothy. [more]
How popular is Dorothy?
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. Demographics)
Charted below is the birth name history 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 U.S. SSA Records)
Below is a charted analysis of the history of Dorothy and related names. Thea (#776 in 2014), Dosha, Dorthy, Dottie, Tea, Theodora, Dortha, Dollie, Dori, Dora, Dorinda, Dorotha, Dorothea and Dolly are the prominent alternative forms of Dorothy (#731 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these relations of Dorothy was common among parents during 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.412%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.033%, ▼92%), with versions such as Dora, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dolly and Dollie becoming somewhat dated. Dorothy is the steady favorite, although Thea seems to be gaining popularity too.
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