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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 has 13 more different forms via Theodora: Fedora, Feodora, Fyodora, Teddey, Teddie, Tedra, Teodora, Teodory, Theadora, Theda, Theo, Theodosia and Todora.


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)

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

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

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)

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, Theda, Theo, Theodora, Theodosia in U.S.

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