Its source is Dorothea, a Greek name meaning "Gift of God."
The name Doretha ranked 1010th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Most names began as simple expressions. Nothing demonstates this fact better than a comparison between Dorothea and Theodora. The only difference between these names is the order of the elements that make them up -- precisely the same as the difference between the phrases ''Gift of God'' and ''God's gift.''