Its source is a Greek expression meaning "One of the early Greeks."
This was the name of the tribe that settled the Peloponnesian Peninsula in pre-classical times. It was introduced as a personal name by Oscar Wilde for the title character in his 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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.''