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Meaning and Name Origin

Dora \d(o)-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.

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

Dora has 45 more alternative forms via Dorothy, Theodora: Dasha, Dasya, Doe, Doll, Dolley, Dolli, Dollie, Dolly, Doortje, Dori, Dorika, Dorit, Doritha, Doro, Doronit, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorotha, Dorothea, Dorothee, Dorrit, Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dosha, Dosya, Dot, Dottey, Dottie, Dotty, Fedora, Feodora, Fyodora, Tea, Teddey, Teddie, Tedra, Teodora, Teodory, Thea, Theadora, Theda, Theo, Theodosia and Todora.


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 (#22328 out of 88799, Top 25%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Dora for girls. Dora reached its peak position of #50 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Dora and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Dora rated in the Top 1000 are Dorothy (#731 a year ago), Thea (#776), Tea, Eudora, Dottie, Dosha, Theda, Theodosia, Theodora, Theo, Dorthy, Dortha, Dori, Dorene, Doreen, Dorinda, Dorine, Dollie, Dorothea, Dorotha and Dolly. Usage of these girl names was at its highest during 1920-1929 and has become much less since, with versions such as Dottie, Dorthy, Tea, Theda and Theodora becoming somewhat outmoded. Thea (#776) is the most fashionable birth name among these, with this name enjoying a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dollie, Dolly, Dora, Doreen, Dorene, Dori, Dorinda, Dorine, Dorotha, Dorothea in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dorothy, Dortha, Dorthy, Dosha, Dottie, Eudora, Tea, Thea, Theda, Theo in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Theodora, Theodosia in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dora is pronounced similarly to Daira, Dara, Darah, Dari, Daria, Darra, Darya, Deora, Dorey, Dorri, Dorria, Dorry and Doura. Other recommended 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.