Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Lolita

Lolita is a diminutive of Lola, which itself is a diminutive of the Spanish name Dolores. Dolores, Lola and Lolita are all names used among English-speakers but their actual roots lie with the Spanish. As a given name, Dolores originated from one of the many titles given to the Blessed Mother in Spanish tradition; in this case, La Virgen María de los Dolores, or “Virgin Mary of the Sorrows” (“dolores” is the Spanish word for “sorrows”). In the context of the Roman Catholic Church, Mary’s “dolores” (sorrows) refer to seven events which occurred during her lifetime: 1) The Circumcision of Jesus; 2) The Flight from Jerusalem when Mary and Joseph take the baby Jesus to Egypt to protect him from King Herod of Judea’s orders to kill him; 3) The Finding in the Temple when Mary and Joseph lose the child Jesus only to find him later dwelling in the Temple among the elders; 4) Mary’s meeting with Jesus on the way to Calvary; 5) Jesus’ death on the cross; 6) Mary receiving the body of Jesus in her arms after he is taken down from the cross; and, finally, 7) The placing of Jesus in the tomb. Devout Catholics recite daily one Our Father and seven Hail Marys in homage to the seven sorrows (Dolores). In Spanish tradition several given names such as Dolores are ultimately derived from the many epithets given to the Blessed Mother. Other examples include: Concepción (referring to Mary’s immaculate conception); Corazón (referring to Mary’s immaculate heart); Luz (Our Lady of the “Light”); Mercedes (Our Lady of “Mercy”); Milagros (Our Lady of “Miracles”); Pilar (Our Lady of the “Pillars”); Rosario (Our Lady of the “Rosary”); and Soledad (Our Lady of “Solitude”) just to name a few. Dolores especially became quite popular among American Catholics. Lola and Lolita are pet forms of Dolores.

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Lolita first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list in 1902 but really didn't adhere to the charts until the 1920s. Even still, the name was not commonly bestowed on baby girls as a stand-alone name (it was more likely used as a pet form). Most people are familiar with this name thanks to the well-known novel “Lolita” by Russian-born author Vladimir Nabokov. Its 1955 French publication scandalized Europe, so by its 1958 printing in the U.S., “Lolita” was an instant bestseller (although it saw more than a few book burnings). In fact, Lolita saw most of her success as a female given name in America in the early 1960s, probably inspired by the novel. After all, Americans were loosening up by the 1960s and although Lolita is synonymous with a childlike seductress, she was really the victim in Nabokov’s book. The name wouldn't last long on America’s Top 1000 list (the last time she made a showing was in 1973). To put this in perspective, only 28 baby girls were given the name Lolita in 2012. We find this surprising. It’s a darling diminutive of Dolores (another name which has gone by the wayside). The only other infamous “seductresses” we see in serious circulation today are Delilah, Scarlett and Lorelei. Lolita and Jezebel aren't making the cut.

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Cultural References to the Baby Name – Lolita

Literary Characters


Lolita Haze is the tantalizing twelve-year-old girl in Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial 1955 novel, Lolita, which was made into an equally controversial movie in 1962, starring Sue Lyon as the nimble nymphet. Lolita is the object of obsession of Humbert Humbert, the middle-aged, professorial narrator of the novel, who marries the mother in order to be near the daughter. Poor Lolita – she has no voice of her own, the narrative being commandeered by Humbert. It is through his interpretation that she is presented to us, and so we see her as a conniving, opportunistic woman-child who initiates the sexual relationship between them. Orphaned by her widowed mother’s accidental death, Lolita becomes the “property” of Humbert, who leads her on a cross-country, nomadic journey while posing as her father. Ultimately, Lolita escapes his clutches and after a brief liaison with Humbert’s nemesis, Claire Quilty, goes on to marry a young man her own age. The wages of sin follow her, and Lolita dies in childbirth. She is still a child herself.

Humbert Humbert is the protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov’s 1955 classic, Lolita, a book which produced a maelstrom of criticism (as did its movie treatment in 1962). Humbert is, by his own testimony, seductively good looking, and believes he resembles a Hollywood actor. In addition, he is a well-educated and academically respected professor, sophisticated, suave and knowing. Beneath this surface, he is torturously shy and timid, self loathing, paranoid and illusionary. Oh, yes, and that little matter of pedophilia. Humbert is fully aware of the contradictions and inconsistencies in his nature, but he has no idea of why he leans in the dark direction he does. Freudian and self-analysis only anger him; he is adamantly opposed to the idea that his preferences are the result of childhood traumas. Humbert’s sexual obsession with his landlady’s twelve-year old daughter leads to years of his sexual exploitation of her, rape, kidnapping, cruelty, deceit, abandonment, abuse and death. Regardless of the character (if a twelve-year old can be said to have a developed character) of the child in question, Humbert, Mr. Humbert, is a despicable pervert if we take him literally. Instead, let’s go along with British novelist and essayist, Martin Amis, and accept the whole novel as a representation of the totalitarian state that destroyed Nabokov’s native Russia. Case closed.

Valeria is the first wife of Humbert Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” whom he marries early in a failed attempt to keep his baser instincts for young girls at bay. Indeed, her main attraction for him is her girlishness, although he considers her stupid and fat. She has the last word, so to speak, when she confesses to an adulterous affair, packs her bags and leaves him for her lover. He considers murdering or otherwise harming her, but does nothing. Later he hears that she has died in childbirth.

Charlotte is the unfortunate mother of the title character of “Lolita,” the very controversial 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov. Charlotte rents a room in her house to Humbert Humbert, who promptly becomes obsessed with her 12 year old daughter, the nubile Lolita. Charlotte is at first blissfully unaware of his true affections, believing him to be interested in herself, until she reads the sordid truth in his diary. She may be said to represent conventional society as a whole, for upon this discovery, she runs out into the street in shock and is killed by an automobile.

Childrens Books


We cannot find any childrens books with the first name Lolita

Popular Songs


a song by Elefant

Lilacs & Lolita
a song by From Autumn To Ashes

Punk Lolita
a song by The Heads

Moi... Lolita
song by French singer Alizée

Lolita (trop jeune pour aimer)
a song by Céline Dion

Lolita, My Love
a musical by John Barry and Alan Jay Lerner

Famous People


Lolita Davidovich (actress)
Lolita Lebrón (Puerto Rican nationalist)
Lolita Rodriguez (Pilipino actress)

Children of Famous People


We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Lolita

Historic Figures


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