Lola (given name)

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A statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, the title for the Virgin Mary from which the name Lola is derived.
Word/nameSpanish short form of Dolores and German short form of Aloisia
Region of originSpain
Other names
Related namesDolores, Lolita

Lola is a female given name in German, Spanish and other language groups.

It is a short form of the Spanish name Dolores, meaning "sorrows", taken from one of the titles of the Virgin Mary: Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, or Our Lady of Sorrows. Lola is also a short form of the unrelated German name Aloisia. The name Lola is also common in Africa; in Nigeria, many feminine names are shortened to Lola, such as Temilola, Omolola or Damilola. Lola (Tajik for tulip) is also a feminine name in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. It is derived from the Persian لاله or lâleh. The short form Lola has been rising in popularity in several countries in the past decade. It was the 270th most popular name for baby girls born in the United States in 2007, up from 279th place in 2006 and 375th place in 2005; was ranked as the 64th most popular name for baby girls in Spain in 2006; was ranked as the 51st most popular name for baby girls in England and Wales in 2007; was the 17th most popular name for baby girls in France in 2004; and was the 20th most popular name for baby girls in Belgium in 2006.[1]

Though the name originated with a title for the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, Lola has also acquired a number of contrasting sensual associations. American authors Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz noted in their 2008 book Cool Names for Babies that the name has a sultry image and that people associate the name with the song "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" from the musical Damn Yankees, in which the character of Lola is the Devil's "best homewrecker".[2] The name also has associations with the Irish-born Lola Montez, who became famous in the nineteenth century as an actress, Spanish dancer, courtesan and mistress of King Ludwig I of Bavaria.

Lolita is a Spanish diminutive form of Lola. The name is sometimes used as a term to indicate a sexually precocious girl, due to its association with the title character of Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita[3] and its film adaptations in 1962 and 1997.[4] The name's sexually charged image in certain countries is also due to associations with "Lola", a 1970 song by The Kinks about a young man's encounter with a transvestite named Lola.

The title character in the 1998 German feature film Run Lola Run may also have raised the name's profile, as has Lola, a clever and inquisitive child character in a recently published series of children's picture books by Lauren Child.

The naming of several children of celebrities in the past decade has increased the popularity of the name. Madonna uses the nickname "Lola" for her daughter Lourdes Leon, born in 1996. Entertainers Kelly Ripa, Chris Rock, Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen, Carnie Wilson and Annie Lennox all have daughters named Lola. The name was also used for a granddaughter of Camilla Parker Bowles.

People named Lola[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]







  • Lola "La Trailera" (Lola "The Truck Driver"), a fictional character for Mexican actress Rosa Gloria Chagoyán that made her a Mexican action and low-budget films actress in the 1970s
  • "Lola" is a nickname given to the female portrayal of "Shepard", the central protagonist of the video game series Mass Effect. She receives this nick name in Mass Effect 3 from her crew mate, Lieutenant James Vega.
  • Lola Rembrite, a dateable character in the dating simulation videogame Huniepop


  1. ^ Behind the Name
  2. ^ Rosenkrantz, Linda, and Satran, Pamela Redmond (2008). Cool Names for Babies. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-37786-1.
  3. ^ "Lolita". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Help, my name's Lolita", BBC News, 13 February 2008.