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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Dorothy
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Dorothy in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Dorothy:
Records indicate that 1,103,116 girls in the United States have been named Dorothy since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1924, when 39,995 people in the U.S. were given the name Dorothy. Those people are now 93 years old.
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Comments about the name Dorothy
Based on the comments submitted below
13 Positive Comments
"I was born in 1952 and love my name, partly because I didn't have other kids in class who had it. I never wanted to be called Dot. I was also born and lived my whole life in Kansas, so the Wizard of Oz thing is big. I just learned to embrace it. I've even named my retirement business Oz Art Glass. I hope the name is revived somehow. I keep hoping now of my grandchildren will name a child for me." Jan. 2, 2017:
""Dorothy" is my name and I love! At first I thought it was a very weird name because no one aia knew had the same name. However, after finding out the meaning of my name: "Gift of God", I started to appreciate the name given to me. I have a a lot of nicknames like: The wizard of Oz, Dot, Dory the fish, Dora the explorer and Door but honestly, it doesn't affect me and I find it fun! I probably get teased more about my surname "Ho"..." Mar. 25, 2016:
"I am a Dorothy born in 1939 and never had any pejorative nicknames tossed at me. Every Dorothy I have known throughout my life has been a strong, caring person, and I have loved my name. Surely the wizard of oz hastened its decline but I am pleased to see the positive comments here and hope this good name flourishes again." Nov. 2, 2015:
"My 9 month old daughters name is Dorothy and we just love it :) We worried about the Wizard Of Oz jokes but thus far most people don't say anything. When someone doesn't pronounce it properly we politely correct them (Dor-a-thee) and we don't encourage nicknames because we love her full name so much. The only nicknames we like are Doll or Darling :)" May. 28, 2014:
"I'm a Dorothy and I grew to love the name as an adult. Was called Dot or Dottie growing up. I dont mind the references to Wizard of Oz, great film." Apr. 21, 2013:
"i have a girl at gmynasics called dorthy and people called toto!
she made up the name and loves being called it!" Apr. 6, 2013:
"my mam was dorothy born 1939 died 2011 she was the best miss her sooooooooooooooo much fab name" Feb. 3, 2011:
"My daughter is Dorothy and we love it. She is nearly 3 and has the 1940 hair to go with her name! We always get, "Oh, Dorothy, what a great name."" Jul. 6, 2010:
"I named my daughter Dorothy, she is two years old. I love it! The first couple of months everyone wasn't in to it. But now we can't picture her with any other name. People that meet someone that young with that name don't think its old fashion anymore. Esther is old fashion to me." May. 9, 2010:
"I love my name, even though it is old fashioned for someone born in the late 40s. what is so bad about being old fashioned? I had aunts with the same name, which we very special. I don't find a problem with pronunciation or spelling and I am honoured by its meaning - a gift of God." Apr. 13, 2010:
"My great grandmother is dorothy... it's a cute name! it does remind me of the wizard of oz at times.. but its still a nice name." Jul. 21, 2009:
"My aunts name is Dorothy and I think its so cute! We call her Auntie Tootie (Tootie is a nickname for Dorothy!)" Jan. 18, 2009:
"My name is Dorothy, and it's true that many people realizes about Wizard of Oz(Always asks me;;) . However, I like my name cuz it's meaning is "Gift of god". I don't know why some people think this name is so old-fashioned :(" Jan. 24, 2008:
2 Negative Comments
"Sounds like an old lady to me, not a very nice name for a child. Not these days and not even in the Sixties and Seventies - but it was okay in the Twenties when it peaked in popularity." Jan. 18, 2008:
"This is my name and I absolutely hate hate hate it. The Wizard of Oz ruined it along with the Dorky Dorothy that every Dorothy gets and if you are lucky enough to be called Dottie and have freckles you also get the heckling of "Spotty Dottie" uggh! This name is a no win name." Jan. 10, 2007:
13 Neutral Comments
"Every 4th person asks "Where's Toto?"..as if they are the only one who has thought of the Joke. It's harmless, but it makes me want to give a full body eye roll. If I can't come up with anything quickly...some silliness about their name. I say with a straight face "I had to have him put to sleep". Of course I would never do this to a child.. but their frame of reference is Elmo's goldfish anyway." Apr. 28, 2017:
"This is my name and I have never liked it. I was born in the late 50s and seems like everyone was Debbie, Sherry, Cheryl, Donna or Lisa. I was the only Dorothy." Sep. 16, 2015:
"It's my name...and I like it....now more that when I was younger. I meet elderly women with my name, never a young adult, adolescent, or infant. However, I notice that there is a renewed interest in 'old' names among parents of babies born in recent years. Perhaps Dorothy will once again become en vogue." Jun. 9, 2015:
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"dorothy is my grandmothers name, my great grandmothers name, my mums middle name and now my middle name. i dont really like it because it sounds so old and doesnt go well with my name - mikayla..." Oct. 10, 2011:
"Dorothy is my daughter's name, my mother's name, my mother's aunt's name, the aunt's grandmother's name, and the grandmother's mother's name (which was actually Dorothea, but let's not quibble) I love the sound of the word -- and it suits my daughter perfectly. There's a whole string of Dorothys in my family, all good strong women. I hope for another family Dorothy from one of my three children." Oct. 7, 2010:
"This is my grandmother's name and I love it. I am actually pregnant and researching names but I couldn't pick one that better represents someone incredible. Sure its old fashioned..but its wonderful! Original..and wholesome. : )" Jul. 14, 2010:
"I like the name Dorothy... and I like the wizard of oz! ha!" Oct. 29, 2009:
"May be an old lady's name at the present time but it's not hideous as opposed to Mildred, Edna, and Gladys. I suppose Dorothy could some day make a comeback - whether the prospective parents of future daughters of that name are Wizard Of Oz fans or not." May. 2, 2008:
"My name is Dorothy, although that's not the name I commonly use. It's the name that appears on anything legal - but that's it! I, too, grew up with the "where's Toto" and "How's the Scarecrow" questions growing up. And I agree that it's a little old fashioned; it was a little old fashioned when I got it, too! As with an earlier posting, I get misspellings, which used to really surprise me. I have always said Dor-a-thee, as has my family (of which I am not the first Dorothy). I tried to use it when I was a young adult, but it's never fit." Jan. 20, 2008:
"My name is Dorothy and while I hated all the Wizard of Oz jokes (you think people would realize that they weren't the first one to think to ask where Toto was), I did enjoy always being the only one in my class-well whole school-with that name. I think there were at least 3 Jennifers! Of course being from down south no one knows how to say it. My parents say dar-a-thy, while others say Dor-thy. And yes, it gets misspelled a lot." Oct. 7, 2007:
"People always spell my name innacurately. I've come to the point in life when I say..Dorothy, like the Wizard of Oz, before they have a chance to poke fun." Jun. 12, 2007:
"usually people always spell my name Dorthy. And people always call me dorky or something mean! I have never met someone else called Dorothy Im the only persin that is called dorothy in my town" Apr. 29, 2006:
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