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What does Cora mean?

Cora Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: greek, dark (black), heroine, classical (medieval), mythology, goddess, spring, life, pretty (beautiful), old, king (queen).


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.

11 more relations via Coretta, Corinna: Coreana, Coreen, Corin, Corina, Corinda, Corinn, Corrin, Corryn, Coryn, Corynn and Korena.

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)

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)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cora, Coralee, Coralie, Coreen, Corena in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Corene, Coretta, Corey, Cori, Corie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Corin, Corina, Corine, Corinna, Corinne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Corissa, Corrie, Corrin, Corrina, Corrine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cory, Kora, Korina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cora and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.

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