What does Dorothy mean?
Dorothy [dorothy] 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.Creative forms:
(female) Darothy, Derothy, ..
(male) Dorody, Dorote, .. Middle name pairings:
Dorothy Adalie (D.A.), ..
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 #714. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Below is a charted analysis of the history of Dorothy and related names. Thea (#464 in 2015), Dora (#1966), Dorthy, Dorthea, Theodora, Dosha, Dot, Dotty, Dortha, Dottie, Tea, Dorothea, Dollie, Doll, Dodie, Dolly, Doretta, Dorotha, Dorinda, Dori and Dasha are the prominent alternative forms of Dorothy (#714 in 2015) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Dorothy was common among parents during 1920-1929 (adoption of 5.43%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.06%, ▼99%), with versions such as Theodora becoming somewhat dated. Dorothy is the steady favorite, although Thea seems to be gaining popularity too.
Similar NamesSuggested similar names are Dorah, Dorcey, Dorette, Dorey, Doritt, Dorona, Dorry, Dorsay, Dorsey and Marthy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dorothy.See names in meaning and etymology.