From the experts:
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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