Baby Name Trendspotting: Hello, Dolly!
Even though they didn’t make the top 20 list of names which had moved up the most in 2013, one thing I particularly noticed about the recent England and Wales data release was the number of “Dol” names that had shot onto the scene.
Forget Molly and Holly, Dolly is the new dainty diva on the scene! With her trendy two syllable + ee ending and sassy namesakes like Dolly Parton and Barbra Streisand’s Dolly Levi there’s a lots to love about Dolly.
In 2013, Dolly moved up almost 200 places from #473 (93 births) in 2012 to #276 (171 births). It’s popularity shows a steep upward curve (right) and has come a long way since it was given to only 3 babies in 2000.
Alternative spelling Dollie is also on the upswing, moving from #1525 (20 births) to #1018 (35 births).
2013 also saw hyphenations Dolly–Rose, Dolly–May, Dolly–Mae and Dolly–Marie rank higher than ever before, and Dolly–Rae, Dollie–Rose and Dollie–Mae rank for the first time ever.
Chantelle Houghton and Alex Reid welcomed their daughter Dolly in September 2012 which helped give the name more exposure. And in the US, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell named one of their twin daughters Dolly in 2009.
If Dolly is too informal for your taste, how about Dolcie? Part Dolly, but with the familiar ending of Lucy, Macey, Lacey and Casey. This variant of sweet Dulcie also moved up over 200 places in 2013, overtaking Dulcie for the first time.
In 2012, Dolcie ranked #731 (55 births) which rose to #509 (82 births) in 2013.
Dolly was originally coined as a nickname for Dorothy and it, too, has been on an upward incline. With either Dolly, Dottie or Dora as potential nicknames, seriously vintage Dorothy has heaps of versatility as well as refined elegance.
Though not quite a “Dol-” name, Dahlia fits the similar D-L pattern and is also rising. Perhaps we can thank American sitcom Suburgatory?
In 2012 Dahlia ranked #1525 with 20 births. In 2013 it broke the top 1000 at #959 with 38 births.
So, keep a weather eye open for Dolly and her sisters. She might just creep up on us all.
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on September 12th, 2014 at 2:52 am
Gee, I hope it doesn’t become popular! I cringe just thinking about having to call a child/teenager/adult Dolly. It just feels like one gross, sexist remarks strangers say in a derogative way. Like strangers calling you sweetie, honey, darl, princess, all in a way that makes you feel 1 inch tall. Eugh.
on September 12th, 2014 at 12:06 pm
I agree with SunKissedChild. Dolly is a term that was used to keep women in their place back in the days when society expected women to be seen and not heard. Dolly is the type of cutesy name that makes me cringe. It becomes even more cutesy and cartoonish when paired with another name by a hyphen. The name also makes me think of country singer Dolly Parton. Although she’s a fine musician, singer and businesswoman, she has had so much plastic surgery that she looks like a caricature. Hopefully, the name will subside in England and not cross over to North America – preferably both.
on September 12th, 2014 at 1:25 pm
I agree that Dolly way too cutesy and insubstantial to use as a full name. But I don’t dislike it as a nickname, maybe because I knew a nine-year-old Dolly who was a spunky guitar and video game playing girl, not frilly or silly.
No mention of Dolores? I think it’s the best name to get to the nickname Dolly. Dolores has a romantic gravitas that is quite different from Dolly. I can see a young Dolly growing into a beautiful Dolores, and if she wanted a more grown up nickname she could use Lola, Lo, Lori…
on December 8th, 2014 at 1:23 pm
I absolutely love Dolly/Dollie – it’s my great grandmother’s CHOSEN name, she chooses to be called Dolly professionally and personally, because she loathes her name (Margaret Florence). I think it’s spunky and full of life, and I’d choose it in a heartbeat.
on May 20th, 2015 at 9:06 am
In Anna Karenina the character Darya Alexandrovna is called Dolly!
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