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Meaning and name origin

Nora \n(o)-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced NOR-ah. It is of English origin. 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 variant forms: Lanora, Nonie, Noora, Norah, Norella, Norelle, Norissa and Norry.

For more information, see also related girl names Noreen, Annora, Eleanor, Helen and Honor.


Nora is a very popular first name for females (#266 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#27316 out of 88799, Top 31%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nora for girls. Nora reached its highest rank of #49 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nora name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nora and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Norah (#163), Helen (#404), Noreen, Leonora, Eleanora, Honora and Nonie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Eleanora, Helen, Honora, Leonora, Nonie, Nora, Norah, Noreen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nora is also 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 commonly used than Nora.