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What does Nora mean?

Nora /no-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 8 variants: Lanora, Nonie, Noora, Norah, Norella, Norelle, Norissa and Norry.

Related girl names: Noreen, Annora, Eleanor, Helen and Honor.

Nora has 7 more alternative forms via Eleanora, Honora, Leonora: Annora, Anora, Anorah, Lenora, Leora, Onora and Ora.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Nera, Noa, ..

(male) None, Norani, ..

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. Demographics)


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

Charted below is the birth name history of Nora for girls. Nora reached its top rank of #49 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Eleanor (#78 the previous year), Eleanora (#1591), Helen (#404), Honor (#1874), Honora, Lanora, Lenora (#1594), Leonora, Leora, Nonie, Norah (#163), Noreen, Norman and Ora are the popular varying forms of Nora (#49 the previous year). Usage of these relations of Nora was well-received among parents 94 years ago (median #944) and has become significantly less since (#1450, 84.4% less usage), with versions like Leora becoming less fashionable. Nora and Norah are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nora, Eleanor, Eleanora, Helen, Honor in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Honora, Lanora, Lenora, Leonora, Leora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nonie, Norah, Noreen, Norman, Ora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nora, Eleanor outside U.S.

Similar Names


Nora is pronounced similarly to Nari, Neera, Nera, Neriya, Nira, Noura, Nura, Nuru and Nyree. Other suggested similar names are Adra, Aura, Bora, Clora, Cora, Cyra, Deora, Dora, Doura, Enora, Glora, Hera, Ira, Kera, Kora, Kyra, Lora, Lorra, Lura, Mera, Moira, Mora, Myra, Nada, Naia, Nana, Nehora, Nena, Neola, Neta, Neva, Nia, Nika, Nina, Nita, Noa, Noe, Noel, Nola, Nolan, Nona, Noni, Noola, Noor, Norda, Nore, Norina, Norm, Norma, Norna, Norne, Nour, Nova, Nur, Nya, Nyla, Nysa, Pera, Rora, Sera, Thora, Tora, Uira, Vera, Yara and Zora. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nora.