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Meaning God's gift
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Dorotheus[pronunciation?] or Dorotheos is a male given name from Greek Dōrótheos (Δωρόθεος), meaning "God's Gift", from δῶρον (dōron), "gift" + θεός (theós), "god".[1] Its feminine counterpart is Dorothea, (Dorothy). Theodore means the same, with the root words in reverse order. The earliest form of the word δῶρον is the Mycenaean Greek do-ra, meaning "gifts", written in Linear B syllabic script;[2] the feminine form Theodora is also attested in Linear B as 𐀳𐀃𐀈𐀨, te-o-do-ra.[3]

Linguistical variants[edit]

  • Greek: Dorotheos (Δωρόθεος)
  • Latin: Dorotheus
  • English: Dorotheus
  • Russian: Dorofei (Дорофей)
  • Serbian: Dorotej (Доротеј)



See also[edit]


  1. ^ δῶρον, θεός. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ "The Linear B word do-ra". Palaeolexicon. Word study tool of ancient languages.  Raymoure, K.A. "do-ra-qe". Minoan Linear A & Mycenaean Linear B. Deaditerranean. 
  3. ^ "te-o-do-ra-qe". Minoan Linear A & Mycenaean Linear B. Deaditerranean.