What does Nora mean?
Nora /no-ra/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced NOR-ah. It is of English, Greek and Latin origin, and the meaning of Nora is "light; woman of honor".
Short form Eleanora (Greek) "light", Honora (Latin) "woman of honor", and Leonora. Also used as an independent name. In Scotland, Nora is often used as a feminine form of Norman. Nora is the heroine of Ibsen's "A Doll's House". Writer Nora Ephron; pop singer Norah Jones.
Nora▲ has 20 more alternative forms via Eleanora, Honora, Leonora: Anora, Anorah, Elenora▼, Eleonora, Elianora, Elienora, Elleanora, Ellenora, Honorah, Honoria, Leanor, Leanora, Leanore, Lenora▼, Lenore▼, Leonor▼, Leonore, Leora▼, Onora and Ora▼.Kreatif forms: Naara, Naira, Niara. [more]
How popular is Nora?
Nora is a very popular first name for women (#266 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#20497 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Nora for girls. Nora reached its top rank of #49 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Eleanor (#78 the previous year), Eleanora, Elenora, Eleonora, Helen (#404), Honora, Lenora, Lenore, Leonor, Leonora, Leonore, Leora, Nonie, Norah (#163), Noreen and Ora are the popular varying forms of Nora (#49 the previous year). Usage of these girl names reached its peak during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4624%) and has become significantly less since (usage 0.1945%, 57.9% less), with versions like Helen, Leonora, Leora, Nonie and Noreen falling out of fashion. Eleanor (#78), Nora (#49) and Norah (#163) are three of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these, and there is a rebound in birth name popularity for these names. Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Nora and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Nora▲ is pronounced similarly to Nari, Neera, Nera, Nira, Noura, Nura and Nuru. Other suggested similar baby names are Bora, Cora▲, Dora▼, Kora▲, Lora▼, Mora, Nehora, Noa, Nola▼, Nona▼, Noor, Norda, Nore, Norm, Norma▼, Norna, Nour, Nova▲, Nur, Rora, Tora and Zora▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nora.