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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".

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.

Dora has 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.

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

(male) Doradi, Dorai, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Dora for girls. Dora was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #50 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Prominent variation forms of Dora are Dorothy (#731 a year ago), Thea (#776), Dosha, Dot, Dorthy, Dorthea, Dortha, Dotty, Eudora, Theodora, Tea, Pandora, Fedora, Dorrie, Dasha, Doreen, Dorene, Dolly, Doll, Doretta, Dori, Dorotha, Dorine, Dorinda, Dorie and Dodie. Other forms, like Dorotea, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Dora was at its highest 94 years ago (average #1315) and has become much less since, with versions such as Tea becoming somewhat outmoded. Dorothy is more universally found than the rest, although Thea appears to be getting popular too.

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.