What does Dora mean?
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".
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.
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) Doradi, 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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.