What does Cora mean?
Cora [co-ra] as a girls' name is pronounced KOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cora is "maiden". Probably a variant of Kore or Corinna. An invented name coined by American writer James Fenimore Cooper for the dark-haired heroine in "The Last of the Mohicans" (1826). Classical mythology: name of Persephone, the goddess of the underworld who lives there in winter, before her return in spring causes the cycle of life to continue. A simple, pretty name with an old-fashioned air. Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King.
Cora has 58 variants: Corabel, Corabella, Corabelle, Corabellita, Corabeth, Coralee, Coralia, Coralie, Coralin, Coralyn, Coree, Corella, Corena, Corene, Coretta, Corey▼, Cori, Corie, Corilla, Corine▼, Corinna, Corinne▼, Corisa, Corissa, Corita, Corlene, Correen, Corrella, Correlle, Correna, Correnda, Correne, Correy, Corri, Corrie▼, Corrina, Corrine▼, Corrissa, Corry, Cory, Corynna, Corynne, Coryssa, Kora▲, Korabell, Kore, Koreen, Koretta, Korey, Korilla, Korina, Korinne, Korrie, Korry, Koryne, Korynna, Koryssa and Lacoria.Creative forms:
(female) Coma, Corai, ..
(male) Coran, Coroy, .. Middle name pairings:
Cora Mikaela (C.M.), ..
How popular is Cora?
Cora is a very prominent first name for females (#308 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#15889 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Cora for girls. Cora was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #23 in the U.S. then, and is at #88 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Shown below is a study of the ranking of the girl name Cora and affiliated names. Coralee, Coralie (#1924 from current records), Coreen, Corena, Corene, Coretta, Corey, Cori (#1813), Corie, Corin, Corina, Corine, Corinna, Corinne (#733), Corissa, Corrie, Corrin, Corrina, Corrine, Cory, Kora (#623) and Korina are the prominent variation forms of Cora (#88 from current records) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Corryn, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Cora reached its most widespread in the 1880s (median #1609) and is now much reduced (#1790, down 57%). Cora is the clear favorite, although Kora seems to be becoming a favorite too, while versions such as Corrie are now less popular.
Cora is alike in pronunciation to Caera, Cara▼, Caragh, Carah, Cari▼, Carry, Cary, Kaara, Kaira, Karah, Kari▼, Kary, Keira, Kerra, Kira▲, Kiri, Kiria, Kirra, Kirya, Koree, Korri, Kory, Kyra▼, Kyrah and Kyria. Other recommended names are Bora, Ceara, Ceira, Cera, Cerea, Ceri, Ceria, Chara, Ciara▼, Ciera▼, Cira, Ciri, Clora, Cor, Coral, Corva, Cyra, Cyrah, Dora▼, Lora▼, Mora, Nora▲, Rora, Tora and Zora▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cora.See names in meaning and etymology.