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Origin of the name DOROTHEA.
Etymology of the name DOROTHEA.
Meaning of the baby name DOROTHEA.

  

DOROTHEA (Δωροθέα).  Feminine form of Greek Dorotheos and Latin Dorotheus, meaning "gift of God."  Usage: America, Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel (דורותיאה), Norway, Prussia.
    Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg (d. 1571), was consort of Christian III and Queen consort of Denmark and Norway.  Dorothea Katherine Lambert Chambers (d. 1960), was an English tennis player.  Sophia Dorothea of Hanover (d. 1757), was a Queen consort in Prussia as wife of Frederick William I.  Isobel Marion Dorothea Mackellar (d. 1968), was an Australian poet and fiction writer.  Dorothea Tanning, an American painter, printmaker, sculptor and writer.  Dorothea Jordan (d. 1816), was an Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress of the Duke of Clarence, the future King William IV. (Wiki)

It is the beauty of the legend of St. Dorothea that has made her name so great a favorite.  Never did pious fancy form a more beautiful dream than the story of the Cappadocian maiden, who sent the roses of paradise by angelic hands as a convincing testimony of the joy that she was reaping.  The tale is of western growth, and the chief centre of St. Dorothea's popularity as a patroness was in Germany; but the name was likewise in great favor in England, where Massinger composed a drama on her story. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

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