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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

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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 Hamill - American figure skater
Dorothy Day - American journalist and social activist
Dorothy Parker - American poet
Dorothy Thomson - American journalist/radio broadcaster
Dorothy Dandridge - American actress
Dorothy McGuire - American actress
Dorothy Lamour - American actress
Dorothy Sayers - English writer
Dorothy Anstett - Miss USA 1968
Dorothy Kathleen Benham - Miss America 1977
Dorothy Lee - American actress/comedian in the 30s
Dorothy Compton, American voice actress born in the early 1900s
(Dorothy) Faye Dunaway, American actress
Dorothy Elizabeth Gish, American actress
Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer, American actress
Dorothy Hodgkin, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Pop Culture References for the Name Dorothy

Dorothy Gale, Protagonist/heroine in "The Wizard of Oz"
Dorothy Zbornak, "Golden Girls" character played by Bea Arthur.
Dorothy Boyd, character in "Jerry Maguire," played by Renee Zellweger
Miss Dorothy, character in "Thoroughly Modern Millie"
Dorothy, Elmo's pet goldfish on "Sesame Street"
Dorothy Jane, one of the children on '90s TV series The Torkelsons
Dorothy, character in the anime M.A.R.
Dorothy the Dinosaur, costumed character part of Australian children's music group, The Wiggles
Dorothy, fairy from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
"Friend of Dorothy" is code for homosexual. See:

Do, Doa, Dodie, Dodo, Doe, Dollie, Dolly, Dorettam, Dori, Dorothea, Dorothee, Dorothey, Dorothi, Dorothie, Dorrit, Dorthee, Dorthy, Dot, Dotti, Dottie, Dotty, Totie