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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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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)