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In 2018, 83 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Dorothy who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 74th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
It sounds extremely old fashioned and not in a vintage way.
kayisforkeen  8/13/2018
This is such a cute, sweet name. I have a friend whose 6-year-old daughter's name is Dorothy, and it fits her very well. I think it is a great name for all age groups.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2018
Both of my grandmother's were named Dorothy, so I like this name. It may be associated with "old ladies" now but some of those "old lady names" are making a comeback. My grandmothers, who were as different as night and day in personality, both went by Dot. I think Dori/Dorie is a cute and slightly more modern-sounding nickname for Dorothy.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2017
Dorothy Kathleen Benham is an American beauty pageant titleholder from Edina, Minnesota, who was Miss America 1977 and Miss Minnesota 1976. Dorothy Benham was born to Archie and Mary Dorothy Tuomi Benham. She attended Southwest High School in Minneapolis, and graduated in 1973. She sang in her high school choir. She has one sister named Totiana and two brothers named Sean and Archibald. Benham currently lives in Edina, Minnesota.
cutenose  5/10/2017
It's my name and I am not an old lady! I was named after my mum and was unique amongst all the Susans, Lindas, Janets, Doreens, Jennifers etc. As for saying only old ladies have the name... they were babies once. Now old names like Florence, Violet and Nell are becoming popular.
Itismyname  5/4/2017
Theodore would be a good brother name, having a similar etymology.
Sabertooth  8/11/2016
Dorothy Hamill won the 1976 Olympic gold medal in Women's Figure Skating.
Susyhome  3/30/2016
I really like this name- especially when thinking of the nickname possibilities.
However, I much prefer the nickname Roth rather than Dot, Dottie, e.t.c...
― Anonymous User  1/16/2016
I do like this name. It makes me think of Wizard of Oz. The only problem is that it's kind of an old grandma name...
SH2237  6/9/2015
Dorothy Lamour (Born: December 10, 1914, Died: September 22, 1996) was an American actress and singer.
― Anonymous User  10/25/2014
I don't think Dorothy is an ugly name; I consider it beautiful and elegant. It's seems very underused at the moment- it's a shame some parents feel they have to follow naming trends and refrain from wonderful vintage classical names simply for sounding less modern.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2014
Dorothy is so pretty and classic! I think it should make a come back.
EqualityandLoveRall  5/20/2014
I don't know why people don't like this name, I think it's a lot prettier than something like Madison or Kayla. I knew someone who went by Dottie, and when she told us her real name was Dorothy, everyone laughed. I don't know why, maybe because its so uncommon today, but there's a reason why it was #2 at one time!
Oohvintage  1/12/2013
Dorothy is the real first name of Tootie Ramsey on TV's "The Facts of Life" (1979-1988). The character was portrayed by Kim Fields.
JoReia  9/7/2012
Dorothy is a pretty cute name in my opinion. I hope to see this name on more little girls in the future. :)
Kinola  5/7/2012
Dorothy Kathleen Benham was Miss America 1977.
― Anonymous User  1/6/2012
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was an American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
I personally dislike this name. It's surprisingly infantile here in Australia because of the toddler-oriented TV show The Wiggles, which features a character called Dorothy the Dinosaur.
― Anonymous User  11/9/2011
It's pretty, but I can't help but think of the Wizard of Oz, and I'm not the only one.
Black_X  8/23/2011
Dorothy is a very popular name in my family. I have lots of great-great grandmas and great aunts with this name. Also, my pet fish was named Dorothy. And he was a boy...(I was four) :) I think it's pretty name, and it reminds me of The Wizard of Oz, which is one of my favorite movies. :)
blondieboo629  8/3/2011
It's VEEERRRY much like an old lady's name. Very ugly.
MyFartsSmellGood  7/1/2011
I find it funny that Dorothy's nickname can be Dolly and Theodore's Teddy.
Louska  2/22/2011
Dorothy is the name of a character in the Mexican Soap Opera "Llena de Amor" (Full of Love). They nickname her Doris.
Schizofrenic  1/12/2011
It is cute but it also makes me think of old woman.
Chrila96  12/11/2010
Dorothy Zbornak, a character on "The Golden Girls" played by the late Bea Arthur.
Jamesina  8/5/2010
In gay slang, a 'friend of Dorothy' refers to a homosexual man.
vomiting  1/15/2010
A famous bearer of this name is Dorothy DeLay (March 31, 1917 – March 24, 2002). She was a violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School in New York, instructing a number of professional violinists over the course of her lengthy career.
AndrewJKD  12/13/2009
It was borne by detective author Dorothy Leigh Sayers [1893-1957].
Aphid  4/6/2009
Dorothy R. Wainwright is the main female character from the anime 'The Big O'.
ICEyun  2/25/2009
I love this name! It's a shame that it's not as popular nowadays.
bananarama  10/13/2008
There's a female dinosaur mascot in an Australian band called the Wiggles, but don't get me wrong, I love the name and if I have a 3rd daughter, she'll be named Dorothy, or Dottie for short.
entrel09  5/28/2008
It sounds hopelessly grandmotherly, and I have always found it to be a hideous name anyway. As a rule, I dislike names ending in -thy.
slight night shiver  5/21/2008
Dorothy Day was a founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. A really inspiring lady.
Wordsmith14  5/6/2008
I think this name is adorable! I would consider it for a child of mine.
Carriebear_Nocare  4/4/2008
In Doctor Who, Dorothy McShane (better known as Ace) was one of the Seventh Doctor's companions. She also had a thing for explosives.
Solaitaire  1/1/2008
Dorothy reminds me of the name Dorcas.
― Anonymous User  5/3/2007
I think Dorothy is a nice name; it is definitely better than most, if not all, trendy names. The name is basically good for a person of any age because Dottie could be used as a nickname for a little girl, and Dorothy on an adult.
violetagate  4/18/2007
Dorothy is a witch character from the manga/anime seires Mar or Marchen Awakens Romance.
anime_expert  3/23/2007
She is obviously based off of the Dorothy in Wizard of Oz.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2008
Beautiful Canadian playmate Dorothy Stratten was a famous bearer of this name.
An old, classy and elegant name in my opinion.
sunbeam  3/4/2007
This name sounds boring to me. I don't feel it has any real "personality", I suppose.
scarletquillraven  2/19/2007
I love this name. It's pretty and sweet. All of the Dorothys I have met are old women (It's my grandma's name, too) and I would love to see it on some little girls. It's infinitely better than Tessa or Madison.
black_lace  2/6/2007
I love this name but probably wouldn't use it because of all the strong associations there are with it.
arrowhead909  10/1/2006
I like the name Dorothy as a middle name. I had a great aunt called Dorothy she was a really kind, caring person with a good sense of humour. Miss her loads.
seanh  8/19/2006
A famous bearer is American actress Dorothy Gish (March 11, 1898 - June 4, 1968). Born Dorothy Elizabeth de Guiche, she was the sister of actress Lillian Gish. Among her best-known films are "The Little Yankee" and "Battling Jane".
AndrewJKD  7/29/2006
Dorothy Dandridge is a celebrated actress and the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award.
Morsa  6/1/2006
Dar Williams, an American folk-pop singer, was born Dorothy Williams.
Melusine  5/2/2006
Dorothy is a name associated with old ladies. My great gran had this name.
GroovyLady  3/28/2006
The name was once pronounced "Dor-o-tee" which accounts for the nicknames "Dorrit," "Dot" and "Dottie."
Kosta  3/17/2006
Faye Dunaway's birth name was Dorothy Faye Dunaway.
ars musica  2/9/2006
Dorothy was Dustin Hoffman's female name in the film Tootsie, where he played actor Michael Dorsey who invented Dorothy Michaels in order to get a job.
― Anonymous User  12/23/2005
Writer Dorothy Parker is a famous bearer.
Elphi  12/16/2005
Dorothy L. Sayers is another famous writer with this name.
― Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Dorothy Wordsworth, a famous bearer of this name, is best known as being the sister of Romantic poet William Wordsworth. In recent years there has been a new resurgence of interest in Dorothy's own literary contributions as the writer of the Glasmere Journals, recorder of objective nature experiences that Wordsworth used as raw material for his poetry, and poetess in her own right.
ars musica  12/3/2005

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