Have you ever had that feeling about a name wherein you’ve always felt like you would use it, but could never quite put your finger on why? For me, that name is Lola. It’s not a name without controversy, but it’s always been one name I’ve really liked for no particular reason. That said, my favourite non-English speaking film? Lola Rennt (currently on in the background). My favourite non-English song? Lola by Superbus. Both I have made mention of before in previous posts. It’s mostly because of a book that Lola is considered a slightly controversial choice, given the book Lolita by Nabakov. That said, there is one memorable quote from the book about her name:
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.
Indeed, one cold claim that the film and the song I mention above aren’t much better either, especially since in the aforementioned film Lola robs a bank at gunpoint in one of the scenarios. But then we have the immensely cute Lola from the Charlie and Lola series/books by Lauren Child to deal with, and thus the cycle of uncertainty continues.
There are a few interesting examples of Lola smooshi names in the England&Wales data (reminding ourselves that Lola ranks at #33):
Damilola – 5 births
Ololade – 3 births
Olutomilola – 3 births
Oluwadamilola – 13 births
Oluwatamilola – 4 births
Temiloluwa – 10 births
As a name herself, Lola is a short form of Dolores, a name that means sorrows.
Some say that Lola is a name suited to modern tastes, indeed, there are plenty of o-a names which are popular theses days (i.e. Top 1000), be they ora names…
… or ona names
Finally, I know some people prefer to see Lola used as she was intended, i.e. as a nickname. Aside from Dolores, there are a couple of other options out there, should you not like the name Dolores: