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Dolores

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Quick Facts on Dolores

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Pronunciation:
də-LAWR-is
Simple meaning:
Sorrows

Characteristics of Dolores

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Dolores

Dolores is a name used among the English, but her actual roots lie with the Spanish. The name 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 this Christian (mainly Catholic) context, Mary’s “sorrows” refer to seven events which occurred during her lifetime: 1) The Circumcision of Jesus; 2) The Flight to Egypt whereby 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 whereby 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 is a female given name used in this same tradition, and English-speakers readily adopted her in the 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Dolores

Dolores is a name no longer used with enough frequency to land a position on America’s Top 1000 list (making her a very rare choice by today’s standards). However, this was most certainly not always the case. Just look at the graph below. At one point in time (1930), Dolores was the 13th most popular baby girl’s name across the United States, given to about 13,000 babies per year. This is comparable to names like Abigail and Emily in 2012. Indeed, Dolores saw most of her success between the 1920s and mid-1940s. From this point on, the name would fall slowly from fashion and then really lose her luster by the 1980s. In fact, the last time Dolores can claim Top 1000 status was in 1989 (and she has yet to return to the charts). This means that less than 50 babies per year are given this old-fashioned, largely neglected, religiously symbolic female name. However, a pet name spawned from Dolores (Lola) is ranked moderately high in the United States today. Lolita is a diminutive of Lola which again is derived from Dolores; in fact, Lolita’s birth name in Vladimir Nabokov’s famous 1955 novel, Lolita, is actually Dolores Haze (see literary references below). There is also a very famous song called “Dolores” written in 1941 by Louis Alter and Frank Loesser performed by Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey’s band which was nominated for “Best Original Song” at the Academy Awards. The lyrics read in part: “I was made to serenade Dolores.../ Just imagine eyes like moonrise, / a voice like music, and lips like wine. / What a break if I could make Dolores mine all mine."
Popularity of the Girl Name Dolores
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Dolores

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Dolores

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Dolores

    Dolores “Lolita” Haze (Lolita) Dolores “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.

    Dolores Claiborne (Dolores Claiborne) Dolores Claiborne is the eponymous heroine of Stephen King’s 1992 best-selling novel, Dolores Claiborne, which was also made into a successful 1995 movie with Kathy Bates in the title role. The novel takes a narrative form, with Dolores providing the police with her story, defending herself against the crime of murdering her employer, the bitchy Vera Donovan, but also implicating herself in the murder of her husband, the horrid and abusive Joe, who molested their only daughter when she was 14 years old. Dolores is a hardscrabble, no-nonsense character, who grimly does what has to be done in the name of salvation for the child she loves, and her own destiny be damned. She is someone you’d definitely want to have on your side!

  • Popular Songs on Dolores

    Popular Songs on Dolores

    Amazing Dolores - a song by Chinese Brothers

    Ay, Dolores - a song by Rita Hovink

    Camino De Dolores - a song by Brave Combo

    Colores Para Dolores - a song by Kevin Ayers

    Dinner with Delores - a song by Prince

    Dolores - a song by Braid

    Dolores - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Dolores - a jazz tune by Scott Whitfield and Andy Martin

    Dolores - a song by The Mavericks

    Dolores - a waltz written by Émile Waldteufel

    Dolores in Pink - a tune by Joyce Cooling

    Farewell to Saint Dolores - a song by Dave Carter

    Maria Dolores - a song by Joan Baez

    Maria Dolores - a song by Al Martino

    Wake Up Dolores - a song by Los Lobos

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Dolores

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Dolores

    Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle (Jennifer Richard Jacobson) - With insight and humor, Jennifer Richard Jacobson explores a common childhood anxiety and finds a quiet way to boost self-esteem, aided by Abby Carter's expressive illustrations. Andy Shane did not want to be in school. He did not want to be at morning meeting. He did not want to sit up straight on the rug. Andy Shane would much rather be home catching bugs with Granny Webb than sitting in class with the likes of know-it-all Dolores Starbuckle. Any minute, Dolores is likely to shout out, 'Ms. Janice, someone's not sitting properly!" or "Ms. Janice, someone's misusing the math materials!" (meaning him, of course). At rhyme time, the words bug and rug get stuck in Andy's throat while Dolores yells out of turn, "Hullabaloo and Kalamazoo!" "I hate school," he blurts out at the end of the day to Granny Webb, who is sympathetic but firm. But when Granny makes a surprise visit to school with a monarch caterpillar, everyone is mesmerized and Andy remembers how much he knows about insects himself. Even Dolores Starbuckle can't help but be impressed! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Dolores and the Big Fire: A True Story (Andrew Clements) - Dolores is a very timid cat. Her owner, Kyle, keeps a light on all night so she won't be scared. One night Dolores pokes at Kyle's face while he is sleeping. The house is on fire! Can Dolores wake Kyle up in time? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers (Sarah E. Warren) - Dolores is a teacher, a mother, and a friend. She wants to know why her students are too hungry to listen, why they don't have shoes to wear to school. Dolores is a warrior, an organizer, and a peacemaker. When she finds out that the farm workers in her community are poorly paid and working under dangerous conditions, she stands up for their rights. This is the story of Dolores Huerta and the extraordinary battle she waged to ensure fair and safe work places for migrant workers. The powerful text, paired with Robert Casilla's vibrant watercolor-and-pastel illustrations, brings Dolores's amazing journey to life. A timeline, additional reading, articles, websites, and resources for teachers are included. Recommended for ages 6-8.

    Duncan & Dolores (Barbara Samuels) - Dolores learns to curb some of her more smothering tendencies and wins the affection of her new pet cat, Duncan. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Happy Valentine's Day, Dolores (Barbara Samuels) - Time and time again Dolores has been told to keep out of her big sister Faye’s room. But when Dolores sees Faye hiding a mysterious heart-shaped box, she can’t resist sneaking in and taking a peek. Join the irrepressible Dolores and her long-suffering cat, Duncan, in this hilarious escapade as Dolores pushes the limits of sisterly love and learns that, in matters of the heart, it’s important to give, as well as take. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores (James Howe) - Will their friendship ever be the same? Horace, Morris, and Dolores have been best friends forever. They do everything together -- from sailing the seven sewers to climbing Mount Ever-Rust. But one day Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice (no girls allowed), and Dolores joins the Cheese Puffs (no boys allowed). Is this the end? Or will Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores find a way to save the day -- and their friendship? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Horace and Morris Join the Chorus (but what about Dolores?) (James Howe) - Best friends Horace, Morris, and Dolores do everything together. So when they try out for the chorus and Dolores (who sings notes no one has ever heard before) doesn't get in, she feels hurt and angry and -- not like Dolores at all -- sorry for herself. But mostly she feels lonely, with her friends too busy rehearsing to have time to share adventures with her. So Dolores does what she does best and takes matters into her own hands. But can she prove to Moustro Provolone that there's a place for every kind of voice in the chorus? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Horace and Morris Say Cheese (Which Makes Dolores Sneeze!) (James Howe) - Horace, Morris, and Dolores like cheese more than anything else in the world. So imagine their distress when Dolores develops a cheese allergy! All of a sudden, she's stuck eating cookies and peanut butter sandwiches while everyone else enjoys that delicious cheese. Things get even worse when they find out that the Everything Cheese Festival is going to roll into town in a couple weeks. Should Dolores leave town? Hide under her bed? Instead, she decides to try her own hand at cooking foods she can eat. Soon, everyone loves the cheese-free snacks Dolores is eating, and they all learn that there is more to life than cheese. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Dolores

    Famous People Named Dolores

    Famous People Named Dolores - Dolores del Río (Mexican film actress); Dolores O'Riordan (Irish musician); Dolores Costello (silent era film actress; Drew Barrymore's grandmother); Dolores Huerta (Mexican-American labor leader and civil rights activist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Dolores

    Children of Famous People Named Dolores

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Dolores - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Dolores.

Personality of the Girl Name Dolores

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Dolores

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