Dorothy (given name)

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Dorothy
Dorothy Gale with silver shoes.jpg
Dorothy Gale is a character in L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Gender Female
Origin
Word/name Greek
Meaning Gift of God
Other names
Related names Theodore, Dottie, Theodora, Dace, Dot, Doreen, Dorothea, Dorothie, Dorothi

Dorothy is a female given name. It comes from Greek Δωροθέα (Dōrothéa) meaning "God's Gift", from δῶρον (dōron), "gift"[1] + θεός (theós), "god".[2] Although much less common, there are also male equivalents in English such as "Dorie" from the Greek masculine Δωρόθεος (Dōrótheos). Also, the given names Theodore and Theodora are derived from the same two Greek root words as Dorothy, albeit reversed in order. The name is variously abbreviated to "Dot", "Dotty" and "Doll".

Dorothy was a less common variant of Dorothea, until Eve 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 remained among the top 100 most popular names for American girls until 1961. It then declined in popularity and was last ranked among the top 1,000 most popular names for American newborn girls in 2006, when it was ranked in 986th position. There were 235 newborn American girls given the name in 2010. Just 20 American girls were given the variant name Dorothea in 2010.[3]

Notable bearers[edit]

In fiction

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References[edit]

  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/