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Meaning and name origin

Dora \d(o)-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced DOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dora is "gift". Short form of Dorothy or names like Theodora. Also used as a prefix in blended names. Literary: introduced as an independent name by a character in Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield".

Dora has 36 variant forms: Dodee, Dodi, Dodie, Dody, Dorae, Dorah, Doralee, Doraleene, Doralia, Doralice, Doralicia, Doralina, Doralisha, Doralyn, Doralynn, Dore, Dorea, Doree, Doreen, Doreina, Dorelia, Dorelle, Dorena, Dorene, Doretta, Dorette, Doreyda, Doria, Dorie, Dorina, Dorinda, Dorine, Dorita, Dorlisa, Dorrie and Dory.

For more information, see also related girl names Adora, Eudora and Pandora.


Dora is a very popular first name for females (#249 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#22328 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Dora for girls (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dora name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dora and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Dora, Doreen, Dorene, Dorinda, Dorine, Dorothy, Eudora and Theodora. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dora, Doreen, Dorene, Dorinda, Dorine, Dorothy, Eudora, Theodora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dora is also pronounced similarly to Daira, Dara, Darah, Dari, Daria, Darra, Darya, Deora, Dorey, Dori, Doro, Dorri, Dorria, Dorry and Doura. Other suggested similar baby names are Bora, Cora, Dior, Dobra, Doda, Dola, Dona, Doran, Dorma, Dova, Drea, Drora, Dru, Kora, Lora, Mora, Nora, Rora, Tora and Zora. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dora.


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