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Gender: Female Meaning of Dorothea: "gift of God" Origin of Dorothea: Greek

The name Dorothea is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift of God". Dorothea and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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 Bulgaria, Queen consort of Tvrtko I of Bosnia
Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Queen consort of Christopher III and Christian I of Denmark and Norway
Dorothea of Brandenburg, Queen consort of Christian III of Denmark and Sweden
Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, Queen consort of Frederick William I of Prussia
Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg aka Maria Feodorovna, Empress consort of Paul I of Russia
Sophia Dorothea of Celle, repudiated wife of King George I of Great Britain
Dorothea Lange (born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn), American photojournalist
Dorothea Lynde Dix, American mental health activist
Dorothea Roschmann, German soprano
Dorothea Lambert Chambers (born Dorothea Katherine Douglass), English tennis player
Dorothea Wolbert, American actress
Dorothea Jordan, Anglo-Irish actress and mistress of King William IV of England
Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick-Luneburg
Dorothea Maria of Anhalt, Duchess of Saxe-Weimar
Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet
Dorothea Church, American model
Dorothea Sophia, Princess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, Electress of Brandenburg
Sophia Dorothea Marie, Princess of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Schwedt
Dorothea Lasky, American poet

Pop Culture References for the name Dorothea

Dorothea, character in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Dorothea Brooke, character in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Dorothea Garibaldi, character in The Cheetah Girls series

Doro, Doretta, Dorita, Dortha, Dorethea, Thea, Dorine, Dorthea

Dorothea's International Variations

Dosya, Doroteya (Russian) Tea, Dortea (Norwegian) Dorottya, Dorika (Hungarian) Dorothée (French) Doortje (Dutch) Dosia, Dorota (Czech) Dorete, Dorte, Dorthe (Danish) Díorbhail (Scottish Gaelic) Dorotea (Italian)


lnxn09 Says:


Dove or David would be a cute nickname

Daiseymae Says:


I have always heard it as "Dor-thee-ah".

morning_glory Says:


Such a beautiful, mellifluous, gentle name! I can understand it getting overshadowed by more flashy choices, but all the same, Dorothea . . . just exquisite. Timothea is very similar IMO.

Hailey Says:


My godson calls me Dodo (he was trying to say my last name, which starts with a D and sounds NOTHING like Dodo! :), and I adore it.

Impwood Says:


I love this name, with the diminutives Dot and Dodo. I also love Timothea.

Essa Says:


I just heard dorkier when I said it that way. I agree that Thea is a great nickname tjough, one of my options for Dorothea.

shannonmarch Says:


I prefer the spelling Dorthea--the extra syllable in Dorothea is not my fave. I do LOVE the nickname Thea. :)

Catastroffy Says:


I pronounce it "DOH-ruh-THEE-uh".

indiefendi2 Says:


I think Dorothea is gorgeous. Even though I don't like Dorothy. And don't ruin the name with Dot! Call her Thea. ❤️

yvonne_virginia Says:


Somehow, the moment I read this, I 100% agreed. :)

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CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Prefer Dorothy, but still a nice name.

niteowl13 Says:


It's door + thea.

AmaliaJane90 Says:


How do you pronounce this name??

Essa Says:


I love this name. I've considered Dorothy for a girl with the nickname Dottie when she's a child but Dorothea adds an extra depth to this name. It makes it more modern and adds a bit of pezazz. It also give the opportunity for her to go by Thea when she's older instead of the lengthy Dorothy/Dorothea or the juvenile Dottie.

headintheclouds Says:


Love this name infinitely more than the similar Theodora, as this gets to the lovely nickname Thea. Also as a fan and admirer of Dorothea Lange, it's another plus to have her as a namesake.

AnonymousPerson Says:


This name evokes the image of a gentle, dove-like person for me. I like the name. For some reason, it also makes me think of a soft brown shawl. I'm keen on the nickname Dot, but it carries a completely different air.