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Subject: Re: Doris in early 19th century Germany
Author: Rene   (Authenticated as Rene)
Date: March 30, 2012 at 8:24:00 AM
Reply to: Doris in early 19th century Germany by clevelandkentevans
The university of Leipzig in Germany has a "Namensberatungsstelle", something like a information center for German given names. It is known as an authority in this matter. They list Doris on one of their name info pages:
http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~vornam/wcms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29&Itemid=35

They say there that Doris became popular during the "Rokoko" (Late Baroque, 18th century) together with some other names in the wake of a type of literature called "Schäferpoesie" in German. Here an entry in a German encyclopedia from 1857 about that literary movement:
http://www.zeno.org/Herder-1854/A/Schäferpoesie

I couldn't find an English translation for "Schäferpoesie"; maybe "pastoral poetry"?

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