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

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

Pop Culture References for the name Dorothea

Thea, Dorethea, Dorita, Dortha, Doretta, Doro, 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.