Quick Facts on Jolie
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zho-LEE (French); JO-lee (English)
Etymology & Historical Origin - Jolie
Jolie means “pretty” in French. Although French in origin, Jolie is a female given name made popular by English-speakers (particularly Americans). This is not a name given to les bébés filles françaises (i.e., French baby girls). Jolie did appear briefly on the female naming charts in the United States in the late 1960s and early 70s but what really spurred on the success of its usage was actress Angelina Jolie Voight who switched her middle name to her surname as a young adult. Today Jolie is more popular in the Netherlands and used occasionally in Australia and Canada (although not in the French-speaking Quebec province). To the French, naming a daughter “Jolie” would be equivalent to English-speakers calling their baby girls “Pretty”. Something considered a bit too gauche or tasteless to the classy French.
Popularity of the Name Jolie
As mentioned above, Jolie first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1968. The name was used with low frequency before disappearing from the charts in 1975. Jolie reappeared in 2000 and achieved some success for the first few years of this new century (although on the low end of the scale). Since 2009, the name has been reversing her course and is now backing down to pretty low levels of usage again. It seems the connection to Angelina Jolie has become a little too celebrity focused. Vocabulary word names are nothing new and we have several other examples of them on the charts. American parents are not beyond naming their daughters Cherish, Jewel, Precious or Princess. Not to mention Bonita means “pretty” and Linda means “beautiful” in Spanish. Belle means “beautiful” in French and Bella means the same in Italian. So from this perspective, Jolie is a perfectly reasonable choice. And the French pronunciation is simply lovely (zho-LEE). If you travel to France, however, you may raise a few eyebrows when you introduce yourself as Jolie.
Popularity of the Girl Name Jolie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jolie
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jolie
Jolie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jolie.
Popular Songs on Jolie
Jolie - a song by Mark Chesnutt
Jolie Jolie - a song by Rickie Lee Jones
Jolie Jolie - a song by Graham Parker
Ma Jolie - a song by Bear Vs. Shark
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jolie
Jolie Blonde and the Three Héberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale (Sheila Hébert-Collins) - Children will enjoy discovering the uniquely Cajun spins on the classic story. For example, Cajuns simply do not eat porridge-whatever that may be. They do eat gumbo, and Mama Hébert just happens to make the best on the bayou. Simple gumbo recipe is included. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Jolie's Garden (Patricia Anne Tomkinson) - Best of all she loved the games that no one knew about. When the grown-ups were inside her little friends came out. At the bottom of Jolie's garden live her friends: the fairies, elves and gnomes. When two leprechauns arrive to live under the rhubarb bush, the mischief really begins! There will be midnight dancing, swimming with dolphins, racing through the washing and wishes made on rainbows. With friends like these, it's no wonder there's jelly everywhere! But how will Jolie explain it all to her parents? Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Jolie
Famous People Named Jolie - Jolie Holland (musician); Jolie Gabor (mother of the Gabor Sisters Zsa Zsa, Eva and Magda); Joely Fisher (actress)
Children of Famous People Named Jolie
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Jolie - Brenda Lee (country musician); Quincy Jones (music producer)
Jolie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jolie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jolie.
Personality of the Girl Name Jolie
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jolie