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What does Dora mean?

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 on this name, 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 (#22612 out of 150436, Top 15%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 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), 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 (usage of 0.3351%) and has become much less since (usage 0.0224%, down 93.3%), with versions such as Dora, Doreen, Dorene, Dollie and Dorothea becoming somewhat outmoded. Thea (#776) is the most fashionable birth name among these, and there is a resurgence in baby name popularity for this name. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Dora and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

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.