"gift of God"

Dorothea Origin and Meaning

The name Dorothea is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of God".

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 of BulgariaQueen consort of Tvrtko I of Bosnia
  • Dorothea of SaxeLauenburg, Queen consort of Christopher III and Christian I of Denmark and Norway
  • Dorothea of BrandenburgQueen consort of Christian III of Denmark and Sweden
  • Dorothea Margaretta LangeAmerican photojournalist
  • Dorothea Lynde DixAmerican mental health activist
  • Dorothea RoschmannGerman soprano
  • Dorothea Katherine Douglass Lambert ChambersEnglish tennis player
  • Dorothea WolbertAmerican actress
  • Dorothea Margaret TanningAmerican painter
  • Dorothea JordanAnglo,Irish actress and mistress of King William IV of England
  • DorotheaPrincess of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick,Luneburg
  • Dorothea Maria of AnhaltDuchess of Saxe,Weimar
  • Dorothea WiererItalian biathlete
  • Dorothea Primrose CampbellScottish poet
  • Dorothea MackellarAustralian poet
  • Dorothea ChurchAmerican model
  • Dorothea SophiaPrincess of Schleswig,Holstein,Sonderburg,GlĂĽcksburg, Electress of Brandenburg
  • Dorothea LaskyAmerican poet

Dorothea in Pop Culture

  • Dorotheacharacter in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • Dorothea Brookecharacter in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
  • Dorothea Garibaldicharacter in The Cheetah Girls series
  • Dorothea Arnultcharacter in Fire Emblem Three Houses video game

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