|Meaning:||like a doll, pet form of Dorothy or Dolores|
|Related Names:||Doll, Dollee, Dollie, Dolley, Dolores, Dorothy|
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ORIGIN AND HISTORY
The name Dolly is English and possibly Scottish in origin and can be traced at least to the 1500s. Originally it was believed to be the pet form or a nickname of Dorothy. Later, and even currently, it is more likely to be the pet form or nickname of Dolores. Other evidence suggests that Dolly, now very much a name in its own right, was used as adapted from the word “doll.” Up until the beginning of the 20th Century, Dolly was used as a male nickname (although seldom a given name) in England and other parts of the United Kingdom. In Highland Scotland, for example, it can be a pet form or nickname for the masculine name Donald.
According to the Social Security Administration, Dolly has not been one of the 1000 most popular names in the United States since 1971. That year, where it ranked 960th, offered a brief and singular resurgence of the name that had disappeared from the list altogether in 1969 and 1970. Dolly was at the height of its popularity in the first part of the last century when it ranked 316th in 1908. Since then, Dolly has experienced a slow and steady decline after hovering in the top 300 to 500 most popular names from then until about 1950. As the 1960s approached, Dolly moved further downward and reached 765th by 1960 and into the 800s and 900s during the remainder of that decade. By 1968, Dolly was at 979th and never really recovered. It vanished completely from the top 1000 by 1972.
Dolly (1996 - 2003) was the name of the first sheep to be cloned from an adult sheep cell. The scientific effort caused much news and controversy regarding the creation of life.
- Dolly Levi is the name of the main character in the Broadway musical and movie Hello Dolly. The musical by Jerry Herman featured as the lead character, among others, Carol Channing and the movie starred Barbra Streisand. The story is "based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955."
- Dolly Parton (born Dolly Rebecca Parton in 1946) is one of the most successful country music singers in history. She currently has released "26 number-one singles (a record for a female performer) and 42 top-10 country albums (more than anyone else)." She is also a successful businesswoman and motion picture actress appearing in such films as 9 to 5 and Straight Talk. Her business interests include the country theme park and musical venue "Dollywood." She is a member of the "Country Music Hall of Fame."
Author: Mike Szimanski
|Meaning||like a doll, pet form of Dorothy or Dolores +|
|Meaningnc||like a doll, pet form of dorothy or dolores +|
|Origin||English +, and Scottish +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Doll +, Dollee +, Dollie +, Dolley +, Dolores +, and Dorothy +|