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  1. Dorothynoun

    A female given name from Ancient Greek.

    Pistol. Then to you, Mistress Dorothy; I will charge you. / Doll Tearsheet. Charge me! I scorn you, scurvy companion.

  2. Etymology: The English form of Latin Dorothea, the name of a legendary (and possibly fictitious) saint, from Ancient Greek Δωροθέα (Dōrothéa), from δῶρον (dôron, " gift") + θεός (theós, " god").


  1. Dorothy

    Dorothy is a comic opera in three acts with music by Alfred Cellier and a libretto by B. C. Stephenson. The story involves a rake who falls in love with his disguised fiancée. It was first produced at the Gaiety Theatre in London on in 1886. After a rocky start, it was revised and transferred to the Prince of Wales Theatre later that year and then transferred to the Lyric Theatre in 1888, where it played until 1889. The piece had an initial run of 931 performances, breaking the record for the longest-running musical theatre production in history and holding this record until the run of the musical play A Chinese Honeymoon in the early 1900s. Dorothy also toured in Britain, America and Australia and enjoyed numerous revivals until at least 1908. The piece was popular with amateur theatre groups, particularly in Britain, until World War II. The show's hit songs included the ballad "Queen of My Heart", "Be Wise In Time", "Hark For'ard!", "With A Welcome To All", and "The Time Has Come."

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dorothy is ranked #29550 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dorothy surname appeared 798 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Dorothy.

    84.3% or 673 total occurrences were White.
    9.2% or 74 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 18 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 16 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dorothy in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dorothy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Dorothy in a Sentence

  1. Judy Garland:

    Time won’t stop and life won’t stand still. But I have a feeling that if I just look backward once in a while at Dorothy, if I am off beat in any way, I’ll get back on the soundtrack again. . . .

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    When I think about why I'm doing this, I think about my mother, Dorothy, i think about all the Dorothys, all over America who fight for their families, who never give up. That's why I'm doing this, that's why I've always done this, for all the Dorothys.

  3. Thomas Jackson:

    I'm truly sorry for the loss of Dorothy Brown son. I'm also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael Brown from the street.

  4. Maria Hawkins Cole:

    I remember meeting Peggy Lee, Danny Thomas, Lena Horne, Dorothy Dandridge, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and so many others at parties.

  5. Toni Gross:

    Craig said. The family made the sudden 1,000-mile trip from Tampa, Florida, to Dover Air Force Base to accept his body in person. Frank Gross with his father Craig; Frank was killed in 2011 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan (Fox News) Toni said: That was such a dark time of our life. Although it was one of their lowest lows, there was support -- thanks to the Fisher House and the organization behind it. The Fisher Foundation helps military families around the country whose loved ones are in the hospital. In all, the non-profit has helped more than 300,000 families since 1990 by donating 58 houses across the country and in Germany and the United Kingdom. But the house at Dover Air Force Base was built specifically for families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice. Frank Gross with his mother Toni, who has been volunteering at Fisher House (Fox News) That, I think, was the most important Fisher House that we've ever built said Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. We believe in the power of family. We believe in, obviously, bringing the plight of the military family to light. This house is run by members of the Air Force — including house manager, technical sergeant Dorothy Whitfield. This house is their safe haven while they are here at Dover for their short stay, Whitfield said. The house has a fully stocked kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a living room full of toys to make the family's hardest day somewhat easier. Whitfield said: If they're are sad and they want to cry, we're right there with them and we'll cry with them. Years after the Gross’ visit, the Fisher House is still making an impact on the family’s lives. Toni began volunteering. I just knew that I needed to give back and encourage others. I also knew that by giving back my spirit would be lifted.

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