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What does Dorothy mean?

Dorothy Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, gift, literary, heroine, wonderful (good)


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, Dortha, Dorrit, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dory, Dosha, Dosya, Dot, Dottey, Dottie, Dotty, Tea, Thea




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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)

Dorothy reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, and is currently at #586. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorothy name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Thea (#273 IN 2018), Theodora (#1405), Dollie, Dorthea, Doll, Tea, Dotty, Dottie, Dot, Dosha, Dorthy, Dortha, Dolly, Dodie, Dorothea, Dorotha, Dorinda, Dori, Doretta, Dora and Dasha are the prominent alternative forms of Dorothy (#586) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Dorothy was common among parents during 1920-1929 (ADOPTION OF 3.49%) and has become much lower since (ADOPTION 0.11%, 97%), with versions such as Dorthy becoming somewhat dated. Dorothy is the steady favorite, although Thea seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorothy, Dasha, Dodie, Doll, Dollie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dolly, Dora, Doretta, Dori, Dorinda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorotha, Dorothea, Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dosha, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Tea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thea, Theodora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Dorah, Dorcey, Dorette, Dorey, Doritt, Dorona, Dorry, Dorsay, Dorsey and Marthy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dorothy.

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