This name derives from the Ancient Greek name “Dōrothéa (Δωροθέα)”, composed of two elements: “dôron (δῶρον)” (gift) plus “theós (θεός)” (divine, a deity, a god, God). In turn, the name means “given to God, the gift of God”. Dorothea was the name of two early saints, notably the 4th-century martyr Dorothea of Caesarea. Dorothy was a less common variant of Dorothea until it became one of the most popular girl's names in the United States between 1904 and 1940. It was used by parents who had waited a long time for a child. The name Theodore is derived from the same Greek root, in reverse order.