As a nn for Dorothy/ea it's cute otherwise it feels odd. Sort of in the vein how Dorcas always feels a bit off kilter (at least to me).
I should probably point out that Dort is a German word meaning "there". And -chen makes any name the cutsy small child diminutive version of that name. So when I hear Dortchen I hear you saying "little there".
I'd stick with Dorothea as a FN and Dortchen as the nn.
How it's pronounce?
It's very interesting!
It would sort of be pronounced like this: Dor-t-chen. (It would rhyme with this: http://www.forvo.com/word/julchen/#de though have a much harsher beginning.)
I should have mentioned this in my first response: Dortchen would not be accepted as a full name by the German government at the moment. They still have naming laws and this would be accepted as a nn only.
Well, every where else is it should be okay, at least in the united States it should be fine. ;-)
Originally Posted by lexiem