Doria is an English female name, likely a twist on either Dora meaning “gift” from Ancient Greek and often used as a nickname for names beginning or ending with dora (Pandora, Dorothy, Isadora, etc.), or it could be a feminine form of Dorian, which comes from the name of an ancient Greek tribe called the Dorians. According to mythology, they got their name from their founder, Dorus, which at first glance seems related to Greek doron meaning “gift” from Proto-Indo-European *déh₃rom (gift) from the root *deh₃- (to give). However, the exact origins of the name are not uncertain. It’s possible Dorian also derives from Proto-Indo-European *doru- meaning “tree, wood”, the same root word for “spear” in Greek as well. Dorian is also a surname, an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Deoradháin meaning “descendant of Deoradhán”, the latter derived from Old Irish deoradh meaning “exile, wanderer, stranger, pilgrim”.
As a surname, Doria seems to have originated as a Genoese surname, a variant spelling of de Auria or de Oria, which itself is a shortened form of de filiis Auriae meaning “the sons of Auria”, Auria an Ancient Roman family name meaning “golden”.
- Dora (English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Croatian, Serbian, Dutch)
- Doriane (French)
- Doriana (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Croatian, Portuguese)
- Dorian (English, French)
- Dorieus (Ancient Greek)
- Dorijan (Croatian)
- Doriano (Italian)
- Dorián (Hungarian)
- Doran (Irish)