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Quick Facts on Lola

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 214
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Lola

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lola

The name Lola originated as a nursery name for the Spanish Dolores. “Dolores” translates to ‘sorrow’ in Spanish as in the title for the Virgin Mary: Maria de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows. Lola developed from Dolores as a pet form, and Lolita is considered another diminutive of Lola. Lola eventually increased in usage as an individually given name in the English-speaking countries. In the early 19th century, an Irish woman, Spanish dancer and courtesan by the name of Eliza Gilbert (who used the stage name Lola Montez) rose to infamy when she became the mistress of the King of Bavaria (Ludwig I) and was made a countess. Enraptured with this beauty, the king also gave her significant political power which would be his downfall. She outraged the aristocracy and conservatives giving rise to a revolutionary movement which would contribute to the king’s fall from grace and subsequent abdication. After fleeing Bavaria, Lola Montez eventually made her way to New York in 1851 where she did rescue work with prostitutes. A lot of Lola’s spread and popularity as a name is owed to this spunky woman from the early 19th century.

Popularity of the Name Lola

The name Lola was almost a Top 100 favorite back when the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. The name’s popularity persisted until the 1940s when her backwards momentum on the charts became more significant. The name declined in usage consistently until the 1980s when she fell off the naming charts altogether. Her hiatus from the charts would last for about 25 years until the early 2000s. A couple of celebrities named their daughters Lola which helped to revive the name. Between 2002 and 2006, the name Lola came roaring back into the American psyche, advancing over 700 positions on the charts in those five years alone. Famous people who found this darling name appealing and bestowed it upon their daughters are Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Jennie Garth, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen. BAM! This was a name suddenly in celebrity news at the turn of the 21st century and, as a result, American parents across the nation responded in droves. The name continues its upward ascent to this day, albeit a little more slowly. It’s not quite a Top 200 favorite yet, but it’s getting close to that achievement. Like Lily, Lucy, Lila, and Lexi – Lola is a pretty, four-letter, two-syllable feminine “L” name. We think it’s just darling, but it also has a seductress quality (like the aforementioned Lola Montez). And don’t forget about Lola Lola, the femme fatale of the 1930 film The Blue Angel, famously portrayed by Marlene Dietrich. Lola is indeed an adorable, bright and friendly name. Full of sorrow? We don’t think so. Lola enjoys life with pluck and gusto – and she has that impish quality we just can’t get enough of.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lola
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lola

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lola

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lola

    Lola We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lola.

  • Popular Songs on Lola

    Popular Songs on Lola

    Copacabana - a song by Barry Manilow featuring Lola as the subject

    Delete Lola - a song by Maxeen

    Frank and Lola - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Lola - a song by Jeanne Mas

    Lola - a song by the Kinks

    Lola from the Copa - a song by MC Lyte [explicit]

    Lola Stars and Stripes - a song by The Stills

    Lola's Love - a song by Ricky Van Shelton

    Lola's Theme - a song by Shapeshifters

    Lola, Lola - a song by Ricky Martin

    Whatever Lola Wants - a song by Ella Fitzgerald

    Whatever Lola Wants - a song by Sarah Vaughan

    Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) - a song from the musical Damn Yankees

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lola

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lola

    Charlie and Lola Series (Lauren Child) - Charlie and Lola are characters created by author Lauren Child, originally introduced in a series of books that were later made into a television series. Despite being primarily aimed at children aged 3–7, the books and shows are popular with adults, due to humorous and relatable storylines. Lola is an energetic, imaginative little girl; Charlie is a patient and kind older brother who has is work cut out in always willing to help Lola learn and grow. The first "Charlie and Lola" book, I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, published in 2001, won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. The character of Lola was based on an inquisitive little girl whom Child encountered on a train in Denmark. Charlie and Lola's parents, as well as their friends' parents, are often mentioned, but never seen. Other books in the seroes are titled: I Absolutely Must Do Coloring Now or Painting or Drawing; You Can Be My Friend; I Can Do Anything That's Everything All On My Own; But I Am an Alligator; I Am Inventing an Invention; Slightly Invisible; I Am Going to Save a Panda!; Charlie and Lola's I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed Pop-Up; I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling; I Am Really, Really Concentrating; Charlie and Lola's I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato Pop-Up; My Very Busy Sticker Stories; But Excuse Me That is My Book; I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses; Help! I Really Mean It!; Charlie and Lola: We Are Extremely Very Good Recyclers; My Dancing Sticker Stories; You Won't Like This Present as Much as I Do!; Charlie and Lola: I'm Just Not Keen on Spiders; and many more! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    How Tia Lola Came to Stay: The Tia Lola Stories (Julia Alvarez) - With her brilliantly hued flower-print dresses, her maracas and tambor, and the migrating beauty mark over her lipsticked mouth, Tia Lola stands out in Vermont like a tropical bird in a snowstorm. Her nephew, 10-year-old Miguel, just wants to fit in to his new home. He and his mother and sister have just moved here from New York following his parents' divorce. With his black hair and brown skin, it's hard enough already without the flamboyant antics of his friendly, nutty aunt, visiting from the Dominican Republic. But even while she is dancing her merengues in front of his new friends and painting the white farmhouse purple, Tia Lola is also weaving a magical spell of love and support that Miguel and his wounded family sorely need. Miguel's growing appreciation for his crazy aunt's ways, and the entire town's admiration and respect for an outsider who, without even speaking the same language, wins the hearts of all, is a funny, uplifting story. This book is part of a series. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Lola (Loufane Gladys Rosa-Mendoza) - Come and meet Lola... a very special chicken that will capture the hearts of children of all ages! Every day, all the chickens on the chicken farm clamor to be chosen by the rooster to sit next to him. Except for one... Lola. She's not like the other chickens, and when the rooster picks her one fine day, she refuses and leaves the farm in search of true love. Share the engaging illustrations and heartwarming story of “Lola” with your children and give them an important lesson in being true to themselves and not settling for less than their heart's desire. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lola at the Library (Anna McQuinn) - Part of a series. Lola loves Tuesdays because that is the day she and her mother go to the library. Everything about the trip is an exciting adventure–from packing her backpack with books and her all-important library card, to storytimes and singing, to choosing new books and the walk home, when they always stop for a special treat. But the best time of all is when Mommy reads her a story at bedtime. Simple text and large, bright acrylic illustrations of this engaging African-American child make this selection just right for sharing. Perfect for instilling a love of libraries and books in the youngest patrons, it's a winner. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Lola Loves Stories (Anna McQuinn) - Lola's daddy takes her to the library every Saturday, where she finds "excellent books," and every night her mommy or daddy reads them to her. The next day Lola acts out the story. On Sunday she's a fairy princess; on Monday she takes her toy animals "on fantastic trips to places like Paris"; on Wednesday she's a tiger, etc. Each new book and day provides Lola with a variety of tales to play out, with the last one--which is about a wild monster--posing the question, "What will Lola be tomorrow?" The final page shows her in a wolf suit just like Max's. The library books, the pretending, and the incorporation of the days of the week work together as a simple and pleasing premise. Beardshaw's acrylic illustrations depict the multicultural kids and Lola's black family with childlike charm, while the title will have librarians, parents and booksellers smiling. Alert: The book will be an invitation for lap kids to follow Lola's lead--not such a bad thing. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and a Dog (Meggan Hill) - Nico's aunt asks her nephew if he would be so kind as to watch her pug, Lola, while she's away. Excited, Nico agrees, but later begins to wonder, "How will I be so kind?" So begins a pleasant story about sharing everyday kindnesses. This book has a wealth of meaningful messages like, "being kind is showing concern for others." Each message is illustrated by the actions of either Nico or Lola as they spend their time together doing doggy and boy activities. Each new page shows the duo participating in excellent behaviors: cleaning, helping one another, sharing, exercising, and getting along with others. The rural, verdant setting adds to the appeal of this story. The photos suffer from some poor composition and digital editing, but the adorable nature of the subjects more than makes up for this. A good choice for teaching core values, this book will have wide appeal for young audiences. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Taming of Lola: A Shrew Story (Ellen Weiss) - Quarrels can provide fun drama, and in this hilarious picture book about a shrew family, grumpy Granny Lola tells a story about when she was little that is far from a tale of youthful innocence. According to Granny’s yarn, when she behaved badly as a child, she got everything that she wanted. Little Lola is tiny, but she has a huge temper, and the ink-and-watercolor pictures show her in frilly skirts acting with such stubbornness and bad temper that everyone just lets her have her way. Then her cousin Lester comes to stay, and he is worse than she is. The cousins yell at each other, nose to nose: “I’m in charge!” “Says who?” “Well I don’t care if you care!” The fighting only stops when they both fall asleep exhausted (“Screaming is relaxing. You should try it some time”). The final wry twist brings a satisfying surprise. Adults will get the Shakespeare reference, but for kids, the children’s triumph over the powerful grown-ups is the best part of the story. A great read-aloud. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Lola

    Famous People Named Lola

    Famous People Named Lola - Lola Albright (actress); Lola (French singer); Lola Beltrán or Lola, la Grande (Mexican singer); Lola Montez (Spanish dancer and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria); Lola Ponce (Argentine singer, actress and model); Lola Lane (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lola

    Children of Famous People Named Lola

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Lola - Annie Lennox (musician); Charlie Sheen (actor); Chris Rock (comic/actor); Denise Richards (actress); Jennie Garth (actress); Kelly Ripa (TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Lola - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Lola - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lola.

Personality of the Girl Name Lola

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lola

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