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Gender: F Meaning of Dolores: "lady of sorrows" Origin of Dolores: Spanish

Though it's related to the Virgin Mary, this name was once perceived as the height of exotic sensuality, a role since taken over by nicknames Lola and Lolita.

Dolores is one of the many titles given to the Virgin Mary--Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or Our Lady of the Sorrows, and was one of the Spanish names that really caught on in this country--at one point in time, in 1930, Dolores was the 13th most popular girls' name in the US. But in the twenty-first century, you might prefer one of the other names derived from Mary's Spanish epithets--Mercedes, Soledad, Rosario or Luz.

Dolores does have some Harry Potter cred, via the witch Dolores Umbridge.

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Famous People Named Dolores

Dolores Huerta, American labor leader
Dolores Del Rio, Mexican actress
Dolores Costello, American actress
Dolores O'Riordan, Irish singer, frontwoman of rock band The Cranberries

Pop Culture References for the Name Dolores

Dolores Haze, full name of Lolita in the novel by Vladimir Nabokov (''she was Dolores on the dotted line'')
Dolores, character from TV show "The Worst Witch"
Dolores Jane Umbridge, from the "Harry Potter" series
"Dolores" was a punchline of a Seinfeld episode, where the claim was it rhymed with a part of the female anatomy (Google for more information).
Dolores Pasternak, character in TV series "Two and a Half Men"
Dolores Landringham, from the TV series "The West Wing"
Dolores, from the movie "The Naked Man"
Dolores Martin, Chip "the Colonel" Martin's mother in Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Dolores's International Variations

Dores (Portuguese)