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What does Dora mean?

Dora Pronunciation of Dora [do-ra] as a girls' 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".

Associated with: greek, gift, blended, literary.


Dora has 36 variants: 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.

Related girl names: Adora, Eudora and Pandora.

27 more alternative forms via Dorothy, Theodora: Dasha, Dasya, Doe, Doll, Dolli, Dolly, Dori, Dorika, Dorit, Doritha, Doro, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorotha, Dorrit, Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dosha, Dosya, Dot, Dotty, Fedora, Tea, Tedra, Thea and Todora.

Creative forms:
(female) Dera, Dyra, ..

(male) Dode, Dorai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dora Evelyn (D.E.), ..

How popular is Dora?

Dora is a very popular first name for females (#249 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#22612 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Dora was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #50 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #1966. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Dora (#1966 a year ago) are Thea (#464 a year ago), Dorothy (#714), Dot, Dotty, Dosha, Dorthy, Dorthea, Eudora, Fedora, Theodora, Dodie, Tea, Pandora, Dortha, Dorrie, Doretta, Dorene, Doreen, Dolly, Dori, Dorie, Dasha, Dorotha, Dorine, Dorinda and Doll. Other forms, like Dorotea, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Dora was at its highest 95 years ago (average #1315) and has become much less since (#1894, 99%), with versions such as Tea becoming somewhat outmoded. Dorothy is more universally found than the rest, though Thea is now ranked higher.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dora, Dasha, Dodie, Doll, Dolly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Doreen, Dorene, Doretta, Dori, Dorie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorinda, Dorine, Dorotha, Dorothy, Dorrie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dosha, Dot in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dotty, Eudora, Fedora, Pandora, Tea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thea, Theodora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dora is pronounced similarly to Daeira, Daira, Dara, Darah, Dari, Daria, Darra, Darrah, Darya, Deora, Derry, Dorey, Dorri, Dorria, Dorry and Doura. Other recommended names are Afra, Ara, Bara, Bera, Bora, Cora, Dama, Dana, Darda, Debora, Dedra, Deka, Dela, Deva, Devora, Devra, Dila, Dior, Dita, Dobra, Doda, Dola, Dona, Donya, Doran, Dorcas, Doris, Dorma, Dorrma (see Dorma), Dorsay, Dova, Drea, Drora, Drorah (see Derora), Dru, Edra, Elora, Kara, Kora, Kyra, Liora, Lora, Lura, Lyra, Mera, Mira, Moira, Mora, Myra, Nira, Nora, Ora, Pera, Rora, Sara, Tora, Tyra, Vera and Zora. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dora.

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