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The baby name Doreen is considered somewhat of an old-fashioned name, and while it hasn't been too popular in the United States since the mid-20th century, we could see it becoming beloved again because it's so old-fashioned. Doreen is most likely derived from Dora, which is derived from Dorothy. That would give it Greek origins and a cool meaning that any new parent can appreciate. Pair Doreen with a current or trendy middle name to make it worthy of the 2020s or use one of its cute nicknames. Keep reading to learn more about this classic name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Doreen:

Doreen is most likely derived from Dora, which came from the Greek name Dorothy or Dōrothéa. The name is ultimately made up of the Greek elements “Doron,” which means “gift,” and “theos,” which means “God.” That would make the meaning “gift from God.”

Symbolism of the name Doreen:

Because of its meaning, new parents of faith may see their baby Doreen as a gift from God.

Nicknames for the name Doreen:

  • Dora
  • Dorie
  • Dori
  • Reena
  • Reeni
  • Dore
  • RiRi
  • Rina

Style of the name Doreen:


Gender of the name Doreen:

Doreen is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Doreen:


Number of syllables in the name Doreen:


Emotion evoked from the name Doreen:

The baby name Doreen evokes images of someone who is a great communicator. She knows how to get things done.

Alternative spellings for the name Doreen:

  • Dorreen
  • Dorene 
  • Dorine
  • Doryne
  • Doreyn

Popularity of the name Doreen:

According to the Social Security Administration, Doreen was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States between 1919 and 1979. It was most popular in 1956 when it ranked at number 147. It last ranked at number 961 in 1979.

Great middle names for Doreen and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Doreen:

  • Doreen (character in the movie Hairspray)
  • Doreen Carter (character in the movie Get Carter)
  • Doreen Langston (character on the TV show American Gothic)
  • Doreen (character in the Chrono Trigger video game)
  • Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl (character in the Marvel Comic universe)
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