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Names that could have Dolly as a short form

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zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 11:48:12

I love the name Dolly, but feel it's too cute to be a full name - there would need to be an official/grown-up name. However, I'm not keen on Dolores or Dorothy. Are there any other names for which could reasonably have Dolly as a short form?

RubyShivers Sun 26-Oct-08 11:51:10

you can call her Dolly with any name

what about Daniella if you like 'D' names?

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sun 26-Oct-08 11:54:08

My mum went to school with a Donnatila

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sun 26-Oct-08 11:54:50

D'Orothea (in homage to Armistead Maupin)

lottiejenkins Sun 26-Oct-08 11:57:11

Dora?? or is that too much like D the E ???????????? hmm

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sun 26-Oct-08 11:59:14


PuppyMonkey Sun 26-Oct-08 11:59:31

All the long names are horrid. Just go with Dolly if you like it!

MorticiaAnnSpookington Sun 26-Oct-08 12:00:09

yep, Dolly is fine on it's own really

zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 12:18:06

I'm not sure if Dolly is sensible enough if she wants to be a lawyer or something though.

Dora is nice - maybe a name with a Dora beginning/ending.

Liffey Sun 26-Oct-08 12:18:36

Dolly is the worst name I've heard since Bracken.

Too insubstantial, childlike, whimsical, cutesy. Don't do this. You're having a person not a tiny tears.

Polly is better, Holly, even Molly, Milly, Tilly, Sally etc.

Daniela with Dolly for short as a private family nn is bearable.

Don't like the meaning of Dolores. A really girm name meaning.

Liffey Sun 26-Oct-08 12:19:10


sprogger Sun 26-Oct-08 12:21:15

My grandmother was called Dolly. Her name was actually Helen.

SoMuchToBats Sun 26-Oct-08 12:21:43

Something else ending in dora, e.g. Theodora, Isadora?

findtheriver Sun 26-Oct-08 12:22:44

Totally agree Liffey!
Dolly is a cutesey nickname, not a proper name. She could be very embarrassed as a teenager/adult to feel that this is her only name.
There seems to be a real glut of Tilly/Milly/Ellie/Molly etc at the moment, but I think Dolly is even worse!

If meanings of names are important to you (and they are to many people) then yes, steer clear of Dolores too.

PuppyMonkey Sun 26-Oct-08 12:24:21

Ooh what does Dolores actually mean then...?

And how do you lot know she won't grow up and want to be a Country and Western singer... grin

zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 12:25:38

Liffey - I know it's cutesy and insubstantial! That's why I want a more sensible and adult name.

Delilah or Delia might work though.

Theodora is also a possibility, also thinking along those lines - Isadora, Pandora, Eudora.

Can anyone think of a name starting with Dora or Dol other than Dorothy/Dolores?

SoMuchToBats Sun 26-Oct-08 12:26:37

Actually it makes me think of Dolly the sheep.

findtheriver Sun 26-Oct-08 12:30:17

Dolores means 'sorrowful' which isn't a great meaning to have bestowed on you.

zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 12:36:46

How about Doriane? Doralia?

findtheriver Sun 26-Oct-08 12:42:32

Dorian is a boys name. Is Doriane just a made up female version?

Doralia sounds like a transport network

PuppyMonkey Sun 26-Oct-08 12:46:52


zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 12:48:42

I've just come across Medora, which is growing on my. It's the name of a character from Byron's "The Corsair".

zeee Sun 26-Oct-08 12:50:31

Pandora makes me think of Adrian Mole.

NotDoingTheHousework Sun 26-Oct-08 12:52:35

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Liffey Sun 26-Oct-08 12:52:47

Dioralite grin

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