What does Nora mean?
Nora \n(o)-ra\ 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▼.
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%, down 57.9%), 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.