Dolly

August 4, 2014 § 3 Comments

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “Dorothy“, from the Greek, meaning “gift of God”. Sometimes used as a diminutive of “Dolores”.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Dee, Dodie, Doll, Dolley, Dollie, Dora, Dorit, Dory, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Lola, Lollie, Lolly, Moll, Molly, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Dolly, one of the Boston children roused to their chores at the start of Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (written in 1943; set during the years leading up to the American Revolutionary War, 1773-1775).
Dolly, the kindly housemaid who cares for little Rawdon Crawley after his French nursemaid leaves, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
Dolly, who foolishly attempts to imitate her famous namesake by “putting on airs”, in “Dolly Varden”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories by Nora Perry (1889).
Dolly (Lady Dorothy Lennox), one of the children in the care of Nurse Crumpet who beg her to tell the sad story of their Aunt Patience, in “Nurse Crumpet Tells the Story” (written in 1887, set circa 1630s-1669), from A Brother to Dragons, and Other Old Time Tales (1888), by Amélie Rives.
Dolly Lorton (sometimes called “Doll“), the heedless, gossiping youngest sister of the Lorton family, in “The Youngest Miss Lorton”, from The Youngest Miss Lorton, and Other Stories.

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