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What does Aurora mean?

Aurora Pronunciation of Aurora [au-ro-ra] as a girls' name is pronounced aw-ROHR-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Aurora is "dawn". Mythology: Aurora was the Roman goddess of sunrise. Used by 19th-century poets such as Byron and Browning. In some versions of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty", the princess's name is Aurora. Also used today as a learned equivalent of Dawn.

Associated with: mythology, roman, goddess, 19th century, fairy, tale (literary), beauty, princess, learned (wisdom).


Aurora has 7 variants: Aurea, Aurore, Ora, Rora, Rory, Zora and Zorica.

Affiliated girl name: Oriana.

Creative forms:
(female) Aurori, Aurova, ..

(male) Auroma, ..

Middle name pairings:
Aurora Nola (A.N.), ..

How popular is Aurora?

Aurora is a very prominent first name for women (#534 out of 4276, Top 12%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#46240 out of 150436, Top 31%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Aurora reached its apex position of #79 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Aurore, Dawn, Ora, Oriana (#1962 via latest list), Rory (#679) and Zora (#1587) are the popular alternative forms of Aurora (#79 via latest list). Usage of these relations of Aurora reached its most widespread 45 years ago (median #1548) and is now much less (#1472, 65%). Aurora is more familiar than the rest, though Rory has gained in usage over time, while versions like Zora are now somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Aurora, Aurore, Dawn, Ora, Oriana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rory, Zora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Aarona, Abra, Adira, Adora, Adra, Adrea, Afra, Africa, Afrika, Agota, Airika, Akyra, Aldora, Alona, Alvera, Amadora, Amera, Amira, Amora, Amore, Anarosa, Annora, Anora, Ardea, Ardra, Arela, Arena, Areta, Arica, Ariza, Arona, Arria, Artha, Arza, Astera, Aubary (see Aubrey), Audra, Audri, Audrina, Aura, Aure, Aureola, Auria, Auriol, Aurita, Auron, Azora, Azura, Barbra, Cora, Darra, Delora, Derora, Devora, Drora, Eliora, Eudora, Karra, Kirra, Lanora, Leeora, Lenora, Leora, Lora, Lura, Nehora, Nora, Onnora, Orra, Sucorra, Temora, Terra, Thora, Todora and Tora. These names tend to be less commonly used than Aurora.

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