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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 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 #76 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 28,915 28,855 60 #3 girl name
1918 32,092 32,033 59 #3 girl name
1919 31,800 31,734 66 #3 girl name
1920 36,723 36,647 76 #2 girl name
1921 39,166 39,079 87 #2 girl name
1922 37,776 37,710 66 #2 girl name
1923 39,138 39,046 92 #2 girl name
1924 40,095 39,994 101 #2 girl name
1925 38,673 38,574 99 #2 girl name
1926 36,736 36,617 119 #2 girl name
1927 36,106 35,982 124 #2 girl name
1928 33,848 33,726 122 #3 girl name
1929 31,595 31,477 118 #3 girl name
1930 30,557 30,404 153 #3 girl name
1931 26,661 26,519 142 #3 girl name
1932 25,078 24,967 111 #4 girl name
1933 22,167 22,050 117 #4 girl name
1934 21,396 21,280 116 #5 girl name
1935 19,520 19,400 120 #6 girl name
1936 17,771 17,670 101 #6 girl name
1937 16,644 16,570 74 #8 girl name
1938 16,443 16,344 99 #8 girl name
1939 15,243 15,170 73 #9 girl name
1940 14,958 14,873 85 #12 girl name
1941 14,632 14,560 72 #14 girl name
1942 15,093 15,031 62 #17 girl name
1943 14,849 14,783 66 #19 girl name
1944 13,425 13,378 47 #19 girl name
1945 12,379 12,327 52 #20 girl name
1946 12,837 12,795 42 #23 girl name
1947 12,782 12,750 32 #26 girl name
1948 11,351 11,327 24 #29 girl name
1949 10,434 10,407 27 #32 girl name
1950 9,580 9,553 27 #35 girl name
1951 9,109 9,078 31 #42 girl name
1952 8,638 8,613 25 #46 girl name
1953 8,164 8,145 19 #49 girl name
1954 7,819 7,797 22 #55 girl name
1955 7,269 7,239 30 #65 girl name
1956 6,887 6,864 23 #72 girl name
1957 6,429 6,402 27 #74 girl name
1958 5,556 5,537 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 4,090 4,074 16
1963 3,800 3,790 10
1964 3,547 3,535 12
1965 2,974 2,961 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 1,285 1,278 7
1973 1,182 1,175 7
1974 1,101 1,101 0
1975 979 974 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 829 829 0
1983 765 759 6
1984 682 682 0
1985 723 718 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 313 313 0
1998 312 312 0
1999 335 335 0
2000 311 311 0
2001 317 317 0
2002 263 263 0
2003 291 291 0
2004 288 288 0
2005 234 234 0
2006 264 264 0
2007 262 262 0
2008 242 242 0
2009 226 226 0
2010 239 239 0
2011 276 276 0
2012 276 276 0
2013 333 333 0
2014 380 380 0

Want to know about the populiarty of Dorothy? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,109,362 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 39,994 babies. (That's a lot of baby Dorothies)

According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Dorothy" ranks #5 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 120 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1934. Across the entire United States a total of 21,396 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.

Greek

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.

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 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 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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Dedee Pfeiffer

Dedee Pfeiffer is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1985 to present. Dedee was born in 1965 as Dorothy Diane Pfeiffer in Midway City, California, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

D is for diamond, the brilliance you shine.

O is for orderly, a lifelong passion.

R is for radiant, it's your personality!

O is for openness, it's refreshing!

T is for time, you give to friends.

H is for handy, the helpful you.

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 "Dytrhoo". 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 Oct 29, 1954

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 Southern Japan approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. You are bound to learn to understand other people and to meet all life difficulties with joyful heart. You should help others, bringing them spirit of joy.

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