What does Ora mean?
Ora /ora/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced OR-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Ora is "pray". From the phrase "ora pro nobis" (meaning "pray for us") part of a prayer to the Virgin Mary in Roman Catholic practice. Also possibly respelling of Aura, meaning "gold" or "wind".
How popular is Ora?
Ora is a very prominent first name for women (#494 out of 4276, Top 12%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#88461 out of 150436, Top 59%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ora for girls. Ora reached its peak rank of #114 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Ora and related names. Aurora (#116 the previous year), Aurelia (#832), Leonora, Aurea and Aura are the prominent variation forms of Ora. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.4432%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.1753%, down 60.4%), with the versions Aurea, Leonora, Ora and Aurelia becoming less trendy. Aurora (#116) is the most trendy girl name here, with this name enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Ora▼ is pronounced similarly to Ara▼, Ari, Aria▲, Arya▲, Eira, Iara, Ira▼, Orah, Orya, Uira and Yara. Other recommended similar baby names are Oba, Oda▼, Ofra, Ola▼, Oma▼, Orla, Orna, Orpa and Orsa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ora.