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Gender: F Meaning of Dorothea: "gift of God" Origin of Dorothea: Greek

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Dorothea is a flowing and romantic Victorian-sounding name which was popular in the early decades of the twentieth century, but has been off the charts since 1970. Definitely on the brink of a revival!

Dorothea has had a long literary tradition, including as a clever, beautiful character in Don Quixote and the idealistic heroine of George Eliot's Middlemarch.

Worthy namesakes include Dorothea Dix, nineteenth century activist for the mentally ill and Civil War nurse, and the influential documentary photographer Dorothea Lange, known for her moving portraits taken during the Great Depression.

Appealing nickname possibilities include Dorrie, Doro, Dodie, Dot, Dottie and Thea,

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Famous People Named Dorothea

Dorothea Church, American model (1922-2006)
Dorothea Lange, American photojournalist
Dorothea Dix, American activist
Dorothea Roschmann, German soprano

Pop Culture References for the Name Dorothea

Dorothea, a crackpot seer from the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Dorothea Brooke, Middlemarch by George Eliot

Dorethea, Doretta, Dorine, Dorita, Doro, Dortha, Dorthea, Thea

Dorothea's International Variations

Dosia, Dorota (Czech) Dorete, Dorte, Dorthe (Danish) Doortje (Dutch) Dorothée (French) Dorottya, Dorika (Hungarian) Dorotea (Italian) Tea, Dortea (Norwegian) Dosya, Doroteya (Russian) Díorbhail (Scottish Gaelic)