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Gender: Female Meaning of Dorothy: "gift of God" Origin of Dorothy: English variation of Greek Dorothea Dorothy's Popularity in 2017: #601

The name Dorothy is a girl's name of English, Greek origin meaning "gift of God". Dorothy is ranked #601 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Saints' Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

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In the 1930s, Dorothy left Kansas and landed in the Land of Oz; by the '80s she had become a Golden Girl, living in Miami with roommates Blanche and Rose, giving her a decidedly older image. But parents today seeking a quiet classic are bringing Dorothy back—she reentered the Top 1000 in 2011 after almost completely disappearing.

Dorothy was once one of the most popular names in the US; she was in the Top 10 from 1904 to 1939, and held the Number 2 spot for eight years.

Dorothy has been used in Britain since the sixteenth century and was so common there that nickname Dolly led to the word "doll." Many Brits are reviving the cute nickname Dot or Dottie.

There are numerous worthy Dorothy namesakes, including essayist and wit Dorothy Parker; writer Dorothy L. Sayers; journalist Dorothy Thomson; social activist Dorothy Day; actresses Dorothy Gish, Dandridge, McGuire, and Lamour; and figure skater/haircut icon Dorothy Hamill. Actress Faye Dunaway was born Dorothy.

Some parents now are favoring the more flowing, romantic variant Dorothea.

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Famous People Named Dorothy

Dorothy Stuart Hamill, American Olympic figure skater
Dorothy Day, American journalist and social activist
Dorothy Parker, American poet and author
Dorothy Thompson, American journalist and radio broadcaster
Dorothy Jean Dandridge, American actress
Dorothy Hackett McGuire, American actress
Dorothy Lamour (born Mary Slaton), American actress and singer
Dorothy Leigh Sayers, English novelist
Dorothy Catherine Anstett, Miss USA 1968
Dorothy Kathleen Benham, Miss America 1977
Dorothy Lee (born Marjorie Millsap), American actress/comedian
Dorothy Compton, American voice actress
(Dorothy) Faye Dunaway, American actress
Dorothy Elizabeth Gish, American actress
Dorothy Kilgallen, American journalist
Dorothy Diane "Dedee" Pfeiffer, American actress
Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, British biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize
Dorothy Irene Height, American civil rights activist
Dorothy Fields, American librettist and lyricist
Dorothy Brower Barkley, wife of U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkely
Dorothy "Dodie" Clark, Youtuber
Dorothy Wang, American TV personality on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
Dorothy Seven Gee (b. 2012), from the Bucket List Family (Travel vloggers)
Dorothy Vaughn, American NASA computer programmer featured in film "Hidden Figures"
Rose Dorothy Dauriac (b. 2014), daughter of actress Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac

Pop Culture References for the name Dorothy

Dorothy Gale, main character in L. Frank Baum's "The Wizard of Oz".
Dorothy Zbornak, character on TV's "Golden Girls" .
Dorothy Boyd, character in movie "Jerry Maguire".
Miss Dorothy, character in musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie".
Dorothy, Elmo's pet goldfish on TV's "Sesame Street".
Dorothy Jane Torkelson, character on TV's "The Torkelsons".
Dorothy, character in the anime M.A.R.
Dorothy the Dinosaur, character in Australian children's music group The Wiggles.
Dorothy, fairy in animated TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom".
Dorothy de Vere, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series.
"Friend of Dorothy," code for a homosexual.
Dorothy Perkins, a women’s fashion retailer based in the United Kingdom.
Dorothy Williams, a character from the tv show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.