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Of Greek origin.

From the Greek name Dorothea, the feminine form of Dorotheos.

In Greek “Δωρόθεος”, derives from the combination of the words “δώρον”, meaning gift and “Θεός”, meaning God.

So, Dorothy means “gift of God”.

Alternative forms of the name are: Dollie, Doreen, Dora, Dorine, Dorita, Doretta, Dorinda, Dorotea, Thea, Dorina.

Famous bearers are Dorothy Malone, Dorothy Lamour, Dorothy McGuire, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Moore, Dorothy Fields, Dorothy Dandridge, Dorothy Loudon.