Dorothy - girls name

Dorothy name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 97%

Dorothy name meaning:

The name Dorothy is of Greek origin and it means "gift of God" or "God's gift." It is derived from the Greek name Dorothea, which is a combination of the elements "doron" meaning "gift" and "theos" meaning "God." The name holds a deep religious significance and is often associated with blessings or divine favor.

Dorothy has been a popular name for girls throughout history. It gained prominence in English-speaking countries after the publication of L. Frank Baum's famous novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," where the main character is named Dorothy. This literary connection has contributed to the name's enduring popularity.

In addition to its religious and literary associations, the name Dorothy also conveys qualities such as kindness, generosity, and gratitude. Those named Dorothy are often thought to possess a warm and caring nature, with a strong sense of purpose and a desire to bring joy to others.

Origin: Greek

A gift of God.


Victorian names

Related names

Dorothy , Diorbhall, Dodie, Doll, Dorika, Doroata, Doroteia, Dorothea , Dorottya, Dot, Dottie , Dotty , Totie

Other girls names beginning with D


Overall UK ranking: 177 out of 5581

289 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (485)

Historical popularity of Dorothy

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