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

Dorcas Origin and Meaning

The name Dorcas is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "doe, gazelle".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Dorcas

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.