Dorothy

Dorothy - A very unique female name



  Feb 18,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Dorothy, meaning gift of God, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #4. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Dorothy and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Dorothy? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Dorothy. The baby girl name Dorothy was given to 224 baby girls in 2012, ranking #929 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 6,309 baby girls were given this name - making this a very unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Dorothy peaked in popularity 99 years ago in 1920 on position 2.



Famous with this name

Dorothy Hart
Dorothy Provine
Dorothy Lamour


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Dorothy is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Dorothy is currently topping the baby name charts in South Carolina at position #424 - and is the least popular in Florida at position #1,444.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Dorothy is where you live.


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Dorothy origin and meaning

Dorothy is a 7 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means gift of God. To see famous people named Dorothy, pop culture references for the name Dorothy and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Dorothy

We've found the following names that sound similar to Dorothy, sorted by popularity.

Dorothea / Dorthy / Doretha / Dortha / Dorotha / Doretta / Dorathy / Dorthey / Dorthea / Doreatha /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012929
2011944
20101081
20091107
20081060
20071039
20061006
20051035
2004849
2003827
2002877
2001754
2000734
1999673
1998705
1997684
1996644
1995609
1994552
1993519
1992489
1991496
1990429
1989403
1988399
1987381
1986373
1985332
1984335
1983311
1982298
1981306
1980278
1979272
1978260
1977268
1976243
1975250
1974232
1973215
1972220
1971191
1970180
1969181
1968157
1967148
1966137
1965129
1964118
1963116
1962111
196199
196095
195994
195886
195774
195672
195564
195455
195349
195246
195142
195035
194932
194829
194726
194623
194521
194419
194319
194217
194114
194012
19399
19388
19378
19366
19356
19345
19334
19324
19313
19303
19293
19283
19272
19262
19252
19242
19232
19222
19212
19202
19193
19183
19173
19163
19153
19143
19133
19123
19114
19104

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
South Carolina424
Kentucky463
Mississippi497
Utah625
Arizona655
Massachusetts716
Oregon773
Colorado805
Wisconsin831
Tennessee834
Georgia834
New York849
Ohio861
Michigan891
North Carolina905
Illinois931
California954
Washington973
Minnesota977
Pennsylvania1025
Texas1130
Florida1444

Even more about Dorothy


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Dorothy a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique female name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Dorothy?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1920
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Dorothy
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 6,309
Letter count 7
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +224

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