What does Aurora mean?
Aurora \a(u)-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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Oriana.
Aurora is a very prominent first name for women (#534 out of 4276, Top 12%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#53037 out of 88799, Top 60%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Aurora for girls. Aurora reached its apex position of #116 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Aurora and associated names. Aurea, Aurore, Dawn, Dawna, Ora, Rory (#840 a year ago) and Zora are the popular alternative forms of Aurora (#116 a year ago). Adoption of this girl name reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 and is now much less, with the versions Aurea, Dawn, Ora and Zora becoming less fashionable. Aurora (#116) is the most contemporarily stylish girl name in this list, with this name having a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)