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Gender: Female Meaning of Dorcas: "doe, gazelle" Origin of Dorcas: Greek

The name Dorcas is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "doe, gazelle". Dorcas and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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Classic name used by the Romans, the Puritans, and the Bard, but pretty much taboo today due to the objectionable connotations of both its front and back ends.

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Famous People Named Dorcas

Dorcas, disciple from Joppa in Acts of the Apostles (9:36–42)
Dorcas Marie "Doe" Avedon, American model and actress
Dorcas Wright "Dede" Gardner, American film producer
Dorcas Blackwood, 1st Baroness Dufferin and Claneboye
Dorcas Matthews, English-American silent film actress
Dorcas R. Hardy, 10th Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration
Dorcas Martin, English bookseller and translator
Dorcas Cochran, American lyricist
Dorcas Ajoke Adesokan, Nigerian badminton player
Dorcas Gyimah, Ghanaian sprinter
Dorcas Denhartog, American skier
Dorcas Nakhomicha Ndasaba, Kenyan volleyball player
Dorcas Hoar, accused witch during the Salem trials
Dorcus Inzikuru, Ugandan steeplechase runner

Pop Culture References for the name Dorcas

Dorcas Meadowes, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Dorcas Clare, character in "The Merry Devil of Edmonton"
Dorcas Lane, character in "Lark Rise to Candleford"
Dorcas Gailen, character in film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
Dorcas Brandon, beautiful but apathetic heiress in "Wylder's Hand" (1864) by Sheridan Le Fanu; cousin to, and formerly engaged to, Mark Wylder (inheritor of the Brandon estates, who suddenly breaks off their engagement)
Dorcas Loom, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Dorcas Saxtorph, character in "Inconstant Star' by Poul Anderson
Dorcas, character in Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
Dorcas, character in film "My Life in Ruins"
Dorcas, character in Arthur Sullivan's light opera "Haddon Hall"
Dorcas, character in opera "Thomas and Sally" by Thomas Arne
Dorcas, character in "Jazz" by Toni Morrison
Dorcas, character in "Rose Madder" by Stephen King
Dorcas, character in "The Shadow of the Torturer" by Gene Wolfe
Dorcas Malvin, character in "Roger Malvin's Burial" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Dorcas Rivas, character in Filipino TV series "Beauty Queen"
Dorcas Harrow, character in "Beasts" by Joyce Carol Oates
Dorcas Leigh aka Godiva, character in DC Comics
Dorcasina Sheldon, novel-reading central character of Tabitha Tenney's "Female Quixotism" (1801; satire on the sentimental novels popular in America in the later 18th and earlier 19th centuries)

Dorcia, Dorkas


Nicolekate Says:


This is a terrible name with a nice meaning. Unfortunately I know an imagrant with this name. We always hesitate to say the name, it is so awkward to say.

morning_glory Says:


I so did not get Nameberry's drift until I began reading the comments - all I heard was "door" and "cass". I think the previous comments are unduly negative.

Miri Says:


It means gazelle. Gazelles are pretty. This name is not gazelle-like. It has a LOT of serious teasing potential.

beachbear Says:


This name should not mean "doe, gazelle". It should mean "socially awkward black-and-white whales" aka Dorky Orcas, contracted to Dorcas.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


My maths teacher in secondary school was a Dorcas. I remember asking her, without even thinking: "Did you get bullied for that name?" She said she never had. But that was probably because she was a child 40+ years ago and in Hong Kong - where the 'dork' insult wasn't ever common or even known. However, in today's society, I think it'd be inappropriate and borderline cruel to use on a child. Which is a shame because I actually think it's cute.

RoddyThlayli Says:


All I hear is dork.

Daiseymae Says:


One of the worst names known to mankind.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think it's pretty, but yeah there is serious teasing potential,

NaomiNY Says:


I like the name, but wouldn't use it on my little girl, because it has 'dork' in it. However, I'd use Dorcas on a story character.

Giinkies Says:


Oh dear, Why?

clairels Says:


Anyone who thinks kids aren't teased for their names anymore should try naming their kid this.