What does Aurora mean?
Aurora /au-ro-ra/ [3 sylls.] 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.
Affiliated girl name: Oriana.more]
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. 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). Variants like Dawnysia are seldom used. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3123%) and is now much less (usage 0.1305%, ▼58.2%), with the versions Aurea, Dawn, Ora and Zora becoming less fashionable. Aurora (#116) is the most contemporarily stylish girl name in this list, and there is a rebound in birth name usage for this name. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)