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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 Clara Fernandez Huerta, American labor leader
Dolores Del Rio (born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete), Mexican actress
Dolores Costello, American actress
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan, Irish singer of rock band The Cranberries
Dolores Hart, American actress and nun
Dolores Maria Agatha Wilhelmine Luise Guiness, German socialite
Dolores (born Kathleen Rose), American model and showgirl
Dolores Keane, Irish singer of folk group De Dannan
Dolores Korman Sloviter, U.S. federal judge
(Isidora) Dolores Ibárruri (Gómez), Spanish revolutionary

Pop Culture References for the Name Dolores

Dolores "Lolita" Haze, character in Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita" (''she was Dolores on the dotted line'')
"Dolores Claiborne," novel by Stephen King, film and main character
Dolores, character on TV's "The Worst Witch"
Dolores Jane Umbridge, character in the "Harry Potter" series
Dolores, character in an episode of "Seinfeld," whose name "rhymes with a part of the female anatomy"
Dolores, character in 1998 film "The Naked Man"
Dolores Pasternak, character on TV series "Two and a Half Men"
Dolores Landringham, character on TV series "The West Wing"
Dolores Martin, Chip "the Colonel" Martin's mother in "Looking for Alaska" by John Green
Dolores Mendez, character in G. A. Henty's "By England's Aid"
Dolores Slingshot, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series

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Dolores's International Variations

Dores (Portuguese)

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