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1.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

Dorothy

  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: Gift of God
  • #34 All Time
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34k Dorothea (Greek)
< 1k Dorotea (Spanish)

How popular is the baby name Dorothy in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 112 112 0
1881 109 109 0
1882 115 115 0
1883 141 141 0
1884 163 163 0
1885 196 196 0
1886 230 230 0
1887 272 272 0
1888 373 373 0
1889 377 377 0
1890 458 458 0 #93 girl name
1891 566 566 0 #77 girl name
1892 626 626 0 #79 girl name
1893 821 821 0 #68 girl name
1894 1,059 1,052 7 #58 girl name
1895 1,132 1,127 5 #57 girl name
1896 1,366 1,366 0 #46 girl name
1897 1,478 1,472 6 #43 girl name
1898 1,671 1,671 0 #43 girl name
1899 1,695 1,687 8 #35 girl name
1900 2,499 2,491 8 #27 girl name
1901 2,173 2,173 0 #22 girl name
1902 2,714 2,707 7 #15 girl name
1903 3,085 3,078 7 #11 girl name
1904 3,494 3,477 17 #10 girl name
1905 3,948 3,937 11 #7 girl name
1906 4,346 4,326 20 #6 girl name
1907 4,988 4,967 21 #6 girl name
1908 5,722 5,703 19 #6 girl name
1909 6,279 6,253 26 #5 girl name
1910 7,342 7,318 24 #4 girl name
1911 8,900 8,869 31 #4 girl name
1912 12,687 12,645 42 #3 girl name
1913 14,717 14,674 43 #3 girl name
1914 18,822 18,782 40 #3 girl name
1915 25,198 25,154 44 #3 girl name
1916 27,487 27,415 72 #3 girl name
1917 28,913 28,853 60 #3 girl name
1918 32,093 32,034 59 #3 girl name
1919 31,800 31,734 66 #3 girl name
1920 36,721 36,645 76 #2 girl name
1921 39,170 39,083 87 #2 girl name
1922 37,777 37,711 66 #2 girl name
1923 39,137 39,045 92 #2 girl name
1924 40,097 39,996 101 #2 girl name
1925 38,671 38,572 99 #2 girl name
1926 36,733 36,614 119 #2 girl name
1927 36,111 35,987 124 #2 girl name
1928 33,850 33,728 122 #3 girl name
1929 31,595 31,477 118 #3 girl name
1930 30,557 30,404 153 #3 girl name
1931 26,663 26,521 142 #3 girl name
1932 25,079 24,968 111 #4 girl name
1933 22,167 22,050 117 #4 girl name
1934 21,396 21,280 116 #5 girl name
1935 19,521 19,400 121 #6 girl name
1936 17,769 17,668 101 #6 girl name
1937 16,644 16,571 73 #8 girl name
1938 16,447 16,348 99 #8 girl name
1939 15,243 15,170 73 #9 girl name
1940 14,959 14,874 85 #12 girl name
1941 14,633 14,561 72 #14 girl name
1942 15,094 15,032 62 #17 girl name
1943 14,851 14,785 66 #19 girl name
1944 13,425 13,378 47 #19 girl name
1945 12,380 12,328 52 #20 girl name
1946 12,838 12,796 42 #23 girl name
1947 12,783 12,751 32 #26 girl name
1948 11,350 11,326 24 #29 girl name
1949 10,433 10,406 27 #32 girl name
1950 9,583 9,555 28 #35 girl name
1951 9,112 9,082 30 #42 girl name
1952 8,633 8,608 25 #46 girl name
1953 8,173 8,154 19 #49 girl name
1954 7,813 7,791 22 #55 girl name
1955 7,271 7,241 30 #65 girl name
1956 6,885 6,862 23 #72 girl name
1957 6,428 6,401 27 #74 girl name
1958 5,558 5,539 19 #86 girl name
1959 5,252 5,238 14 #94 girl name
1960 5,098 5,077 21 #95 girl name
1961 4,739 4,726 13 #99 girl name
1962 4,091 4,075 16
1963 3,801 3,791 10
1964 3,547 3,535 12
1965 2,973 2,960 13
1966 2,679 2,667 12
1967 2,328 2,316 12
1968 2,095 2,084 11
1969 1,790 1,778 12
1970 1,807 1,802 5
1971 1,626 1,626 0
1972 1,284 1,277 7
1973 1,182 1,175 7
1974 1,100 1,100 0
1975 980 975 5
1976 983 983 0
1977 934 934 0
1978 913 913 0
1979 889 889 0
1980 900 895 5
1981 792 787 5
1982 828 828 0
1983 765 759 6
1984 682 682 0
1985 724 719 5
1986 629 629 0
1987 614 614 0
1988 608 608 0
1989 626 620 6
1990 596 596 0
1991 498 498 0
1992 508 508 0
1993 476 476 0
1994 442 442 0
1995 376 376 0
1996 350 350 0
1997 315 315 0
1998 312 312 0
1999 335 335 0
2000 312 312 0
2001 317 317 0
2002 263 263 0
2003 291 291 0
2004 288 288 0
2005 234 234 0
2006 265 265 0
2007 262 262 0
2008 242 242 0
2009 226 226 0
2010 240 240 0
2011 276 276 0
2012 277 277 0
2013 334 334 0
2014 382 382 0
2015 395 395 0

Want to know about the popularity of the Dorothy baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,109,788 babies born with the name Dorothy in the United States. That's more than enough Dorothies to occupy the country of Timor-Leste with an estimated population of 1,066,409 (as of July 11, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 112 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Dorothy" was in 1924 with a total of 39,996 babies. (That's a lot of baby Dorothies)

According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Dorothy" ranks #2 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 887 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1922. Across the entire United States a total of 37,777 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Dorothy popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Dorothy" mean? The list below shows the origins of Dorothy as well as things modernly associated with the name Dorothy such as celebrities named Dorothy.

Origin and Meaning of Dorothy

The name "Dorothy" is of Greek origin, and it means "Gift of God". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Dorothy Dandridge

Dorothy Dandridge is an actress, singer, and dancer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1933 to 1965. Dorothy was born in 1923 as Dorothy Jean Dandridge in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

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Dorothy Stratten

Dorothy Stratten is a model and actress. Dorothy was born in 1960 as Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1933 to 1995. Dorothy was born in 1914 as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1962 to present. Faye was born in 1941 as Dorothy Faye Dunaway in Bascom, Florida, United States.

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Dorothy Hamill

Dorothy Hamill is a figure skater. Dorothy was born in 1956 as Dorothy Stuart Hamill in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Dorothy Malone

Dorothy Malone is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1943 to 1992. Dorothy was born in 1925 as Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Dorothy

Dorothy Bush Koch
Dorothy Kilgallen
Dorothy Must Die
Dorothy Day
Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Perkins
Dorothy Wang

Alternative Meanings

D is for desire, your thoughts do aspire.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

R is for rational, the way you think.

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

T is for tender, loving nature.

H is for hug, give one today!

Y is for young, the years never show!

Your name in reverse order is "Yhtorod". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Yrodoth". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Dorothy born Jan 5, 1935

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 975. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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