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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

Dorothy is a female given name of Greek origin, meaning "gift of God". It is the English vernacular form of the Greek name Δωροθέα (Dōrothéa), which is derived from δῶρον (dōron), meaning "gift," and θεός (theós), meaning "god". The name Dorothy has been in use since the 1400s and has inspired many sweet nicknames, including Dot, Dolly, and Dotty. The name Dorothy is associated with various notable people and fictional characters. One famous bearer is St. Dorothea, who was martyred at the beginning of the 4th century. Another well-known Dorothy is the young heroine of 'The Wizard of Oz', played by Judy Garland in the film. The name Dorothy has been a popular choice in Britain since the 16th century and has been used by various cultures, including English, Greek, and Latin.

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