Gender: Female Origin of Lolita: Spanish, diminutive of Lola and Dolores Meaning of Lola: Spanish, diminutive of Dolores, "lady of sorrows"

Lolita Origin and Meaning

The name Lolita is a girl's name of Spanish origin.

In Nabokov's notorious novel, Lolita is the pet name given by the pedophilic narrator, Humbert Humbert, to his victim: a young girl called Dolores and nicknamed Lola or Lo by her mother. Still, it seems that a few parents are prepared to look past this problematic association, seeing this as a offbeat option for those who defy convention. We would recommend thinking seriously about the background of this name before bestowing it on your daughter.

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KianaM Says:


Lolita is actually a nickname for Lola, so if you like the name but don't like the association with the novel, the obvious solution is to name your daughter Lola and use Lolita as a nickname. That way you can call her Lolita but she'll always have Lola as an alternative.

KimberlyM97 Says:


*loli is a type of lewd animation of youth...

clairels Says:


If that were true, every student doing research on "Lolita" for their English paper would be flagged as a pedophile.

KimberlyM97 Says:


Google Lolita...congrats you’re now on a list of the FBI or your country’s equivalent. Don’t name your kid this ever. It has taken on a different meaning unfortunately, however pretty the name is.

MissYellowButterfly Says:


Amazing book, but do not name your child this, please. This is not even the name of the girl in the novel - her name is Dolores. "Lolita" is just the pet name given to her by the pedophile.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


It's not the name itself that's inappropriate but rather the association. Lolita is just too heavily tied to a story where a 12 year old is taken advantage by her stepfather. It would be hard not to think of that when seeing/hearing the name.

Hellsing Says:



All first names (except Kellogg) of people that either committed or facilitated real atrocities, pointless wars, so on, but this name gets tainted because of a fictional character who didn't even have that name as her real given name if I remember right. I challenge anyone to find a Lolita in history that did something anywhere near as heinous as anyone with one of these or the many many other still popular names.

Bertha Bernard Says:


You just have to be careful with this name. If little Lolita is curious about her name someday and looks it up online, she might run into search results she'd rather not see. It's not a terrible name, and it wouldn't make her a terrible person, but it's important to be aware/alert/informed about the name and its associations.

PeridotMoonstone Says:


Makes me think of Japanese Gothic Lolita fashion

Eliane Says:


Well probably because Humbert is a really ugly name while Lolita is beautiful! I would never name my child Humbert even if it wouldn't have that negative connection while I struggle a lot to abandon such a pretty name as Lolita from my list.

EmilyKat Says:


That being said, it is a very pretty name, and as it becomes more popular I do think people will associate it less with the novel. Novels tend to become more obscure as time passes, anyway. Furthermore, people tend to quickly forget about the negative associations a name carries when they meet an actual person with that name; the new, positive association (assuming the name-bearer is a likable person) displaces the negative ones. As someone who studied literature in college, I might also be over-estimating how many people actually know about the book.

missLis Says:


I love the association with the Japanese fashion style.

EmilyKat Says:


I hope this name overcomes the unfortunate association with pedophilia someday. If only Nabokov had titled his novel Humbert instead. *sigh*

EmilyKat Says:


What does it say about society? Literally nothing. The name of the book is Lolita. Even people who haven't read Lolita and have never heard the name Humbert Humbert know the book is about pedophilia. Sadly, it's the victim that the book is named after, so her name is the one that gets the gross association; victim-blaming has nothing to do with it. If there were more little girls named Lolita running around, or more famous real-world Lolitas to speak of, the association between "Lolita" and "pedophilia" wouldn't be so strong.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I think Humbert should be labeled a 'no go' as well, but it doesn't really have to be given it's a lumpy, unattractive name that no one particularly wants to use anyway. Whereas there are plenty of people who are attracted to the exotic appeal of Lolita. Also, Lolita is such a turn off because it's literally in the dictionary, defined as: "a sexually precocious young girl." It's insanely inappropriate.

clairels Says:


The Nameberry description for Humbert mentions the negative connotation right at the start.

meaniemomma Says:


I used the name for my child. As a parent the most hateful thing I hear is small minded people who associate a name with an act.

meaniemomma Says:


Go for it. I did, and a sweeter human being was never born. A name is just a name.

meaniemomma Says:


And the name Humbert is never flagged as inappropriate.

clairels Says:


When was the last time you met a kid named Humbert? It's not a name that's exactly topping the charts.

meaniemomma Says:


Why is the name Lolita such a turn off as she was the victim and name Humbert who was the stepfather pedophile name not flagged?

meaniemomma Says:


What is really funny is the name "HUMBERT" who was the pedophile stepfather has never been flagged as inappropriate. Now here is a case where the child, Lolita, is held responsible for the pedophilia committed in a fictional book. So if the name Lolita is flagged because she was the victim and the name Humbert has never been flagged and he was the aggressor against a child. What does that say about society?

clairels Says:


Granted, I don't see many little Humberts running around, either.

Moony Says:


Nobody's denouncing this ' work of art' as you put it. I highly enjoyed the book myself but that doesn't change the reality that the paedophilia connotations have made the name Lolita incredibly inappropriate. As a middle name I can't imagine it kicking up much of a fuss but most people are rightfully criticing its use as a first name.

zsazsa00 Says:


Stopped by to see how this name was fairing as it is picking up and some people are overlooking the connotation. Glad to see some people really like it. Sort of upset that it is causing so much outrage especially from people who haven't read the book and seem to be denouncing the art of it.
Lolita is a nice name, and I would consider it as a middle name to pay homage to Nabokov. Totally using Lenore as a literary middle name for my first daughter in honor of Poe. Funny thing is to honor Huxley the name of his female lead is Lucina. LOL to the fact that they are all L names.
Back on to my point though that Lolita isn't just a classic, it is a work of art. A tragic love story that just happens to have a major age difference. To anyone who hasn't read the book it might be pedophilia but Delores is also a seductress in the novel, and there are way more levels then just victim to her name (P.S. This is what makes the story a classic, and the relationship feel very real in how the "romance" plays out. The narrative is also superb, so I highly recommend it to all). My point being share your opinion on the name but don't denounce a work of art, especially if you haven't read it.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I agree. I haven't read the book, but it's fiction. People still use Fred and Rosemary, and they should - but they were real murderers and paedophiles. They avoid Myra, but use Ian. A name is neutral. People do evil acts, not names. That said, baby Adolph???

paulapuddephatt Says:


It's a pretty name.

Bassilly Says:


Completely agree...

Bassilly Says:


Completely agree! That's just the messed up nature of our culture. I get not wanting to use it to attract possible predator attention, but not choosing it because you view it as a sexualized name is messed up!!

Bassilly Says:



But I have to agree... perhaps Lola would be a better choice for someone who likes this name!

Ziggy2112 Says:


Never heard anything about this book. You really do learn something everyday. Not sure why the name of a victim is punished though...

abertawe Says:


Other Alix's point is, don't use the name Humbert, but Lolita shouldn't be off limits. I get your point too though.

Wittyusername103 Says:


It's a shame about the book.

Daphodil Says:


"Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita"

I remember this sentence so well from "Lolita" and just how it made me fall in love with the name. Lolita (the name) is so fun and spunky -- even just saying it out loud makes me smile. Now, I understand completely why people aren't bestowing this name upon their daughters, but I also find it a shame that it's not used anymore. I guess that's the power of literature!

NaomiNY Says:


I've never read the book, but I've never been a big fan of the name to begin with. Just not my cup of tea.

KendraWalksInTheWind Says:


It's also a Japanese fashion called quite more often Gothic Lolita, but it comes in many various forms. Though I have not honestly read the book, this is typically what comes to mind for me. Though Loli is also a term for a type of anime girl referring to someone who looks young and acts cutesy. I personally just like the name, it's pretty and unique :3

awheezie Says:


I am not sure about the literature everyone is talking about, not one clue.. So if I were to hear this on a baby, child, or anyone; I would have no bad feelings, I feel this name sounds sweet and bouncy ..

Amber Renee Says:


Completely inappropriate to name an actual human child. The only connection people will make is the pet name a fictional pedophile gave his victem. It has become synonymous with child rape and pedophilia. Yea its a pretty sounding name, but their are other beautiful sounding names that do not come with all the negative and vile associations. Honestly I cannot see this name as anything but branding your child as a victem and an object. I would never name a child something that could potentially catch a predators attention.

Marcella Weiß Says:


I agree entirely! Lolita is one of my favourite names, yet everyone looks at me as if I just said I'd like to name my kid Satan whenever I say I'd like to name my daughter Lolita, in the event I have a child.

Jazmin Hunt (Jaz) Says:


I am so in love with this name. I love the way it looks and sounds, it's just so lovely. People need to stop stigmatizing this name on account of the book because a) it's just a work of fiction, b) the characters are not real and c) there's not nothing wrong with characters (or the book)
in the first place.

Beth Says:


Did I say she was a literal object? No. Phrases like "object of my affection" are common in everyday speak. And my point still stands. The most famous Lolita of all time (and the originator of Lolita as an often used term) was a child rape victim, so why would anyone name their kid that?

Besides, Lolita wasn't even the girl's name, it was just what he called her. Which makes using as a name for a baby even ickier.

Hailey Says:


What a cute, feminine name! I like it!

otheralix Says:


She wasn't an 'object,' she was a child. I don't know why the name Lolita gets punished for Humbert's actions. It's disgusting to me that a child rape victim's name has become synonymous with sexually precocious girls or that people view children and women with the name Lola/Lolita sexually (and as objects, wtf???).

Beth Says:


I really can't get over the ickiness of parents choosing to name their infant daughter after the object of obsession of a hebephile. Yeah, the name sounds pretty. And the novel is a classic. But...... ick.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I think it's gorgeous, but there is a large part of me that rejects this name on account of its relation to the book. Admittedly, most of us have never actually read the book but, like with Jezebel, a lot of us know where it comes from and what it means. So 'defying convention' is not at all a good or valid excuse to use this name. In fact, it never is.

Zelliew Says:


I wouldn't use it

LilyLu Says:


why is it a shame??

clairels Says:


Yes, the book is considered a classic of modern literature, but that doesn't change the fact that most people associate it with pedophilia.

john_sage Says:


The book is great, actually.

indiefendi2 Says:


I have a neighbor named Lolita. I adore Lita on it's own. It's gorgeous, I prefer Nolita anyway.

lesliemarion Says:


Defying convention can be desirable, but literary amnesia is not such a good idea. Parents who want a kid named Lolita or Humbert should change their names to Lolita and Humbert and choose better names for their kids.

lgriffith Says:


My first name is Lolita and while I grew up hating it I now love it. Its unusual and sexy

Guest Says:


Such a shame too because it's quite pretty. :(

Giinkies Says:


Too bad the book about pedophilia ruined this lovely name.