Dolores ‘lola’

i love the name lola. it’s fun, fresh, and sweet. it reminds me of old diners and cherry coke. i like the full name dolores for it. however, i don’t have any spanish heritage or any connection to the name. is dolores usable for me? is lola with a different full name or on its own usable for me?

another question is about the association with a book. the book is lolita, and it’s about a girl and a pedo who is obsessed with her. her name is dolores, and the pedo calls her lolita. another association is dolores umbridge from harry potter. do too many people have those associations for it to be unusable? would i be cursing a child if i named them dolores/lola? tia :sparkling_heart:


I love [name_f]Lola[/name_f], I think [name_f]Delores[/name_f] is very usable!! :two_hearts:

I didn’t even know [name_f]Delores[/name_f] was Spanish until Encanto came out! I have heard it a lot, mostly among the elderly. I don’t think any of them spoke Spanish or came from Hispanic families :slight_smile: I think it works in a variety of families

Being a major HP nerd, I do have that association, but I think it would wear off meeting the child. I also don’t think most people would think of Umbridge unless they were decently big HP fans

I’d personally use [name_f]Lola[/name_f] on its own or with a different full name because I do think of those associations, personally. I think I’d very easily get over them if I met a [name_f]Dolores[/name_f], but I wouldn’t choose it, if that makes sense - especially not when I like [name_f]Lola[/name_f] as a stand alone, and several other names of which it could be a nickname

I’ve met a few older ladies named [name_f]Dolores[/name_f] - none were Spanish though. It was popular among [name_u]Irish[/name_u] Catholics at one point in time (60+ years ago).

I think [name_f]Lola[/name_f] is fine too without Spanish heritage. I’m not sure about other countries but it’s reasonably popular in [name_u]Ireland[/name_u] and the UK. One of the most famous Lolas from history, [name_f]Lola[/name_f] [name_u]Montez[/name_u], was [name_u]Irish[/name_u].

I don’t think either of the associations you mentioned make the name unusable.

[name_f]Dolores[/name_f] is super sweet, and I definitely agree that any bad associations would wear off after meeting a person called [name_f]Dolores[/name_f]. It’s a wonderful name! :heart:

[name_f]Lola[/name_f] is really popular in [name_u]England[/name_u], I know loads
of 9 to about 6 year old Lolas! If I look past my personal associations, it’s a really sweet name with a cute and happy sound! :blush: