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What does Lola mean?

Lola Pronunciation of Lola [lo-la] as a girls' name is pronounced LOH-lah. Short form of Dolores (Spanish) "sorrows". Lola Montez was a racy and famous 19th-century courtesan. See also Lolita.

Associated with: 19th century.


Lola has 2 variants: Loela and Lolla.

Affiliated girl names: Carol, Charlotte and Louise.

4 more alternative forms via Dolores, Lolita: Loleta, Loletta, Lolita and Lulita.

Creative forms:
(female) Loli, Lota, ..

(male) Loli, Lolo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lola Kinlee (L.K.), ..

How popular is Lola?

Lola is a very prominent first name for females (#358 out of 4276, Top 8%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#68172 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Lola reached its top rank of #108 in the U.S. in the 1900s, and is presently at #224. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lola name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lola outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Carol (#1768 via latest list), Charlotte (#9), Dolores, Loleta, Lolita, Lolla and Louise (#1083) are the prominent related forms of Lola (#224 via latest list). Adoption of these relations of Lola was well-received 75 years ago (usage of 4.01%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.86%, down 79%). Charlotte has been the most prevalent, while forms such as Carol are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lola, Carol, Charlotte, Dolores, Loleta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lolita, Lolla, Louise in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lola, Charlotte, Louise outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lola is pronounced similarly to Laela, Laila, Laily, Laliah, Laylah, Leala, Lealia, Leelah, Leelia, Leila, Leilah, Lelah, Lellia, Leola, Leyla, Lila, Lili, Lilia, Lilli, Lillia, Lilly, Loulou, Luella, Lyla and Lylah. Other suggested similar names are Ala, Ayla, Cala, Dola, Eila, Erla, Gila, Hala, Illa, Iola, Jola, Kala, Kyla, Lal, Leya, Liba, Lil, Lilac, Lilas, Lina, Logan, Loida, Lona, Loni, Lora, Lori, Lorra, Lou, Lowra, Loyda, Lyda, Lyra, Lysa, Lyza, Mela, Nila, Noela, Nola, Noola, Nowla, Nula, Paola, Pola, Sela, Tola, Tyla, Ulla, Xyla, Yola and Zola. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lola.

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