Dorothy Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Dorothy:
A borrowing of the Greek Dōrothea, a compound name composed of the elements dōron (gift) and theos (God): hence, "gift of God."
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Dot, Dottie, Doro, Dora, Dorie,Thy, Dorothia, Dori, Doris, D, Thyo, Dore, Dolly, Dodo, Dodie, Dot
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Dorothy Hamill, Olympic figure skating champion
Dorothy L. Sayers, British mystery novelist
Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement
Dorothy Dandridge, pioneering African-American actress
Dorothy Lamour, actress in "Road to..." movies with Bob Hope & Bing Crosby
Dorothy Kilgallen, writer, gossip columnist, game show panelist.
Dorothy West, American novelist and short story writer who was part of the Harlem Renaissance.
Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist.
- Dorothy in song, story & screen
Dorothy Gale, central character in the "Land of Oz" books by L. Frank Baum
Dorothy the Dinosaur, friend of The Wiggles
Dorothy Zbornak was the name of Bea Arthur's character on The Golden Girls
Dorothy, Elmo's goldfish on "Sesame Street"
Dorothy "Tootie" Ramsey, one of the main characters on the long-running 80's television series: "The Facts of Life"
Dorothy Ann, know-it-all from "The Magic School Bus" books and television show
Dorothy Shaw, the brunette in But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Anita Loos' follow-up novel to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes