[ 2 syll. do-ree(n), dor-e-en ] The baby girl name Doreen is pronounced as DaoerIY-N †. Doreen is used mostly in the English language. Its language of origin is Old Greek and English. The name is derived from the combination of Dora or Dorothy, with the suffix '-een' found in other names such as Maureen and Kathleen. It could have been first invented by Edna Lyall for her novel Doreen (1894). It was first adopted by English speakers in the early 20th century, during the vogue for names with this suffix.
Doreen is a derivative (English) of the English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Czech name Dora.
Doreen is also a short form of the English name Dorothy.
Doreen has 21 derivatives. Derivatives of Doreen include Doirean, Doireana, Doireann, Doireanna, Doireanne, Dore, Dorean, Doreena, Doreene, Dorena, Doreyn, Dorienne, Dorin, Dorina, Dorinne, Dorreen, Doryn, and Doryne. The diminutive Reenie, and the variant spellings Dorene and Dorine are other English forms.
The origin and thus the meaning of the name Doreen is inherited by all variant forms.
Doreen is a rare baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1956, 0.125% of baby girls were given the name Doreen. It had a ranking of #147 then. The baby name has suffered a steep fall in frequency since then, and is currently of sporadic use. In 2018, out of the family of girl names directly linked to Doreen, Dorothy was the most popular.
Baby names that sound like Doreen include Dairine, Daranie, Darany, Dareen, Daren, Darene, Darenn, Darin, Darine, Darinne, Darnae, Daron, Daronah, Darren, Darrin, Darron, Darryn, Daryn, Daryne, and Darynn.
† Pronunciation for Doreen: D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; ER as in "hurt (HH.ER.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"