Lolita (given name)

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Gender Female
Word/name Spanish
Meaning Suffering
Region of origin Spain
Other names
Related names Lola, Dolores

Lolita (/ləˈltə/, /lɒlˈtə/, or US /lˈltə/)[1] is a female given name of Spanish origin. It is the diminutive form of Lola, a hypocorism of Dolores, which means "suffering" in Spanish.


According to the United States Social Security Administration, the popularity of the name Lolita peaked in the United States in 1963, when it was the 467th most popular female name. The SSA has not ranked Lolita in the top 1000 most popular female names given since 1973,[2] and in the 1990 United States Census, Lolita was ranked the 969th most frequent female name out of 4,275 unique names.[3]

The name remains popular in some other countries, e.g. Latvia where its name day is 30 May.[4]

Notable people named Lolita[edit]

People known as Lolita
  • Amy Fisher (born 1974), American woman known as "the Long Island Lolita"
Fictional characters
  • Lolita, 12-year-old Dolores Haze in Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita

Usage as a word[edit]

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[5] and its film adaptations in 1962 and 1997.[4] A UK retail chain was criticised in January 2008 for branding as "Lolita" a bed aimed at young girls.[4]

See also[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Lolita". Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Popular Baby Names". Social Security Administration. 2007-05-14. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  3. ^ "dist.female.first". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2007-05-30. 
  4. ^ a b c Help, my name's Lolita, BBC, 13 February 2008
  5. ^ "Lolita". Oxford Dictionaries Online. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 10 June 2011.