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Gender: F Meaning of Dorothy: "gift of God" Origin of Dorothy: English variation of Greek Dorothea Dorothy's Popularity in 2013: #808

In the 1930's Dorothy left Kansas and landed in the Land of Oz, by the eighties she had become a Golden Girl, living in Miami with roommates Blanche and Rose, giving her a decidedly older image. But parents today seeking a quiet classic are bringing Dorothy back--she reentered the Top 1000 in 2011 after almost completely disappearing, and rose 115 spots between 2012 and 2013.

Dorothy was once one of the most popular names in the US; she was in the Top 10 from 1904 to 1939, and held the Number 2 spot for eight years.

Dorothy has been used in Britain since the sixteenth century, and was so common there that nickname Dolly led to the word 'doll.' Nowadays some Brits are reviving the cute nickname Dot.

There are numerous worthy Dorothy namesakes, including writers Dorothy Parker Dorothy L. Sayers, journalist Dorothy Thomson, social activist Dorothy Day, actresses Dorothy Gish, Dandridge, McGuire and Lamour, and figure skater/haircut icon Dorothy Hamill. Actress Faye Dunaway was born Dorothy.

Some parents now are favoring the more flowing, romantic original, Dorothea.

Famous People Named Dorothy

Dorothy Stuart Hamill, American Olympic figure skater
Dorothy Day, American journalist and social activist
Dorothy Parker, American poet and author
Dorothy Thompson, American journalist and radio broadcaster
Dorothy Jean Dandridge, American actress
Dorothy Hackett McGuire, American actress
Dorothy Lamour (born Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton), American actress and singer
Dorothy Leigh Sayers, English novelist
Dorothy Catherine Anstett, Miss USA 1968
Dorothy Kathleen Benham, Miss America 1977
Dorothy Lee (born Marjorie Elizabeth Millsap), American actress/comedienne
Dorothy Compton, American voice actress
(Dorothy) Faye Dunaway, American actress
Dorothy Elizabeth Gish, American actress
Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer, American actress
Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, British biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize
Dorothy Irene Height, American civil rights activist
Dorothy Fields, American librettist and lyricist
Dorothy Brower Barkley, wife of U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkely

Pop Culture References for the Name Dorothy

Dorothy Gale, main character in L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz"
Dorothy Zbornak, character on TV's "Golden Girls"
Dorothy Boyd, character in movie "Jerry Maguire"
Miss Dorothy, character in musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Dorothy, Elmo's pet goldfish on TV's "Sesame Street"
Dorothy Jane Torkelson, character on TV's "The Torkelsons"
Dorothy, character in the anime M.A.R.
Dorothy the Dinosaur, character in Australian children's music group The Wiggles
Dorothy, fairy in animated TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
"Friend of Dorothy," code for a homosexual

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