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What does Lolita mean?

Lolita Pronunciation of Lolita [loli-ta] as a girls' name. Diminutive of Lola (Spanish) "sorrows". Made famous by Vladimir Nabokov's 1958 novel about a young nymphet who had a much older admirer. Because of this, the name has become a generic term for a sexually precocious young girl.

Affiliated girl names: Carol, Charlotte, Dolores and Louise.

Associated with: novel (literary), young.


2 related forms via Lola: Loela and Lolla.

Creative forms:
(female) Lelita, Lilita, ..

(male) Lolila, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lolita Alaia (L.A.), ..

How popular is Lolita?

Lolita is a very popular first name for women (#969 out of 4276, Top 23%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lolita was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its highest position of #634 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Charlotte (#9 from current records), Lola (#224), Louise (#1083), Carol (#1768), Lolla and Dolores are the popular related forms of Lolita appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Lolita reached its highest during the years 1940-1949 (adoption of 4.01%) and is now much less (adoption 0.86%, 79%). Charlotte is more familiar than the rest, while versions like Dolores have become less contemporary.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Lolita is alike in pronunciation to Lalita, Lillita, Loleta, Loletta and Lulita. Other recommended names are Alita, Belita, Bonita, Coleta (see Colette), Colina, Corita, Donita, Dorita, Elita, Ellita, Felita, Joleta, Jolina, Jolisa, Jonita, Jovita, Julita, Kolina, Lalia, Lalika, Lanita, Larita, Lelia, Lenita, Lilia, Lilith, Lillith, Lita, Loelia, Loida, Lolotte, Loreta, Loria, Lorita, Lotta, Louisa, Louiza, Lovina, Lovisa, Lucita, Lupita, Lusita, Luzita, Malita, Melita, Polina, Rosita, Solina, Talita, Yonita and Zolia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lolita.

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