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

The name Dolores is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "lady of sorrows". Dolores and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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Famous People Named Dolores

(Maria de los) Dolores Beatrix Carolina Blanca Leopoldina von Habsburg-Lothringen, Archduchess of Austria; Princess of Tuscany
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
Maria de los Dolores Victoria Filippa Maria de las Mercedes Luisa Carlota Eugenia y Todos los Santos, Princess of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Princess Czartoryska

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 Abernathy, Evan Rachel Wood's character on HBO's "Westworld"
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

Dolores's International Variations

Dores (Portuguese)


Madelyn Says:


With the start of the second season, I've been wondering the same thing. I wasn't a big fan of the name before the show, but it has definitely started to grow on me. I think it has a lovely sound and the potential for many nicknames.

Daiseymae Says:


I think Dolores is an attractive name.

Eliane Says:


I agree, I personally love the book and I totally get why people wouldn't name their child Dolores but the book is so well written and Dolores/Lolita is one of my big guilty pleasure names!

Rasha Says:


I think this name is so pretty! I'm not sure why so many people find it so ugly. It seems fashionable to me.

saoirse123 Says:


If Westworld takes off as a popular show, this name will come back for sure

marnie r Says:


I've always liked this name... and I love Dolly and Lo as nicknames.



Far from giving it 'cred' (have they even read Harry Potter?!), Dolores Umbridge ruins this name I think

snowsbeloved Says:


Okay, I must admit that from childhood I've always loved this name. I grew up reading the Dolores picture books by Barbara Samuels. And as a little girl, I ADORED Dolores' spunky attitude and all the shenanigans she had with her big sister Fay, her cat Duncan and her friends. So that's the association I have with the name as I've never read the Harry Potter books (shocking, I know) or Lolita (although it's on my book list). My dad has a cousin named Dolores who seems normal enough :) I'll most likely not use this name but I still love it!

esita Says:


Ruined by Nabokev's novel Lolita... couldn't name a child after a girl that was raped by a paedophile.

Shishi Says:


I want to like this name, but I just keep seeing Dolores Umbridge.....

JazzieJonez Says:


Dolores, to me, is one of the most beautiful names out there. Sadly, some people treat old fashioned names like this as usable and toss it aside

KKRvF Says:


My favourite nickname for Dolores is Rosie.

jan11th Says:


kinda like this because of Lolita... is that weird?

Giinkies Says:


I'll admit it, this is one of the few names where I actually prefer the spelling variants. I like Delores and Deloris much better than Dolores.