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RavenclawWriter Sun 26-Jun-16 10:41:41

DH says he loves the name Dorothy after his grandmother, who practically raised him. I like it but I wonder if it's too old fashioned. I like Dorothea for the nicknames Dora and Thea but that's even more old fashioned. Thoughts?

VioletBam Sun 26-Jun-16 13:46:07

Our thoughts don't matter a bit. It's what YOU want that matters.

Your DH might love the name but if you don't, then I wouldn't go there.

cosmicglittergirl Sun 26-Jun-16 13:50:31

I think it's a lovely name.

LaceyLee Sun 26-Jun-16 13:52:28

I don't think it's old fashioned. Been around a long time, fell out of fashion but 'vintage' names are popular now eg Florence, Edith, Daisy etc. I like Dorothy and also the nickname dolly. And it's got a nice meaning for your DH.

allegretto Sun 26-Jun-16 13:53:46

I love it but dh vetoed it as he said it was too much of a nun's name confused

timelytess Sun 26-Jun-16 13:54:52

Everyone will want to be a friend of Dorothy.
Go for it.

RavenclawWriter Sun 26-Jun-16 14:07:27

Ooh glad there's a lot of people who like it! Is Dorothea too much? Or can I still use the nicknames Dora and Thea with Dorothy?

Lovefromhull Sun 26-Jun-16 14:08:37

Like the name. Dot for nickname

madmother1 Sun 26-Jun-16 14:10:39

I'd call her Dotty as her nickname. It's really cute Dorothy.

1horatio Sun 26-Jun-16 14:49:13

I really like Dorothea. Plus, it would still honour your DH's granny.

cecilelliott Sun 26-Jun-16 14:58:51

I love Dorothy! And I love Dora (and all - ora names I'm fact! Flora/Cora/Laura)

PeterandJudithSurname Sun 26-Jun-16 16:00:26

My headmistress's first name. I think it's due a comeback and has great nickname options.

HooseRice Sun 26-Jun-16 16:03:36

I don't like it. There's a kid nearby called Dorothy. Very old fashioned and not in a good way like Elizabeth or Isabella.

ImSoVeryTired Sun 26-Jun-16 16:12:05

Personally I love both the names you mentioned. You also have the option of Dotty and Doro as nicknames.

Pemba Sun 26-Jun-16 16:29:37

In a world full of little Arthurs, Elsies and Florences, how can Dorothy be 'too old-fashioned'? It's much nicer than any of the above, IMO. Surprised it's not more popular actually. Nice sound, nice meaning ('gift of God', isn't it?) Also like the 'Wizard of Oz' association.

I also like Dorothea. The association I get from that is the character in 'Middlemarch', so that's good too.

MadameJosephine Tue 28-Jun-16 11:22:11

How about Theodora?

LadyAntonella Tue 28-Jun-16 11:33:21

I like it! Far prefer it to Dorothea which I think is a bit of a mouthful and, this is just me, but I don't really like some names which end in an ee-ah sound like Dorothea and Lucia (Loo-chee-ah) as they remind me of the words diarrhoea and gonnorhoea. I do really like Thea on its own though and also Dora which could both be nns for Dorothea.

Tinklypoo Tue 28-Jun-16 11:36:40

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Whathaveilost Tue 28-Jun-16 11:38:53

I really don't like it. My nan tried to make me call my child that if I had a DD.
Thank goodness I had boys so a family crisis was averted!

crje Tue 28-Jun-16 11:42:02

My friend Dorothy hates her name.

UntilTheCowsComeHome Tue 28-Jun-16 11:43:48

I like it and I don't usually like 'old' names.

My DB's cat is called Dorothy. She gets called Dot, Dotty, Doz, Dozzer... grin

Dotty is a lovely nickname for a little girl and Dora is lovely too.

KoalaDownUnder Tue 28-Jun-16 11:47:03

It's my mum's name and she loathes it. She made us all promise never to saddle her granddaughters with it, even as a middle. grin

Must admit, I don't think it's nice. At all.

CourtJester Tue 28-Jun-16 11:48:47

Prefer Dorothy over Dorothea.

I don't think Thea would work for just Dorothy, perhaps at a push, but there is Dora, Dory, Dodie, Dot, Dotty/Dottie, Doe, Dodo, Dee, Roth, Roe, Thee

As an alternative, seeing as you like Dora and Thea, i love the name Tora!

TheDropBear Tue 28-Jun-16 11:55:19

I like it, it might be due a revival, vintage names are really popular at the minute. Prefer Dorothy to Dorathea, my nan is Dorothy and she goes by Dot or Dotty.

user1465823522 Tue 28-Jun-16 12:08:28

one of my grans was Dorothy and I love it - there are so many possible nicknames etc

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