Dorothy
Origin/Usage
Greek
Pronunciation
DAWR-ə-thee/DAWR-thee
Meaning
God's gift
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Dorothy originates in Greek language and means "God's gift". It was derived from nowadays much less popular name Dorothea. In the United States the name Dorothy was the most popular in the first half of the 20th century, thanks to L. Frank Baum's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900 and introducing the character of Dorothy Gale. Later on, in 1939, the novel was made into a film simply called The Wizard of Oz.

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Dolly, Dorette, Dorota, Dorotea, Doroteia, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dottie, Dorottya, Dora

Famous Dorothies

Dorothy Cannell - writer
Dorothy Canfield - writer
Dorothy Ashby - jazz artist
Dorothy Allison - writer
Dorothy Dandridge - actress
Dorothy Hamill - figure skater
Dorothy Broderick - author
Dorothy Bryant - writer
Dorothy Arzner - film director

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