Dorothy

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Dorothy is a female given name. It comes from the Greek Δωροθέα (Dōrothéa) meaning "God's Gift", from δῶρον (dōron), "gift"[1] + θεός (theós), "god".[2] There are also male names in English such as "Dorie" from the Greek word Δωρόθεος (Dōrótheos). Also, the given names Theodore and Theodora come from the same two Greek words as Dorothy, but in the reverse order.

Dorothy became one of the most popular girl's names in the United States between 1904 and 1940. It was ranked among the top 10 most popular names given to American newborn girls. The name was in the top 100 most popular names for American girls until 1961. In 2006 it was ranked 986 in the top 1,000 most popular names for American newborn girls. There were 235 newborn American girls given the name in 2010.[3]


Famous people named Dorothy[change | edit source]

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  1. δῶρον, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library
  2. θεός, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus Digital Library
  3. http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/