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What does Zora mean?

Zora Pronunciation of Zora [zo-ra] as a girls' name is pronounced ZOR-ah. It is of Slavic origin, and the meaning of Zora is "dawn". Author Zora Neale Hurston.

Associated with: dawn.


Zora has 8 variants: Zorah, Zorana, Zoraya, Zoreen, Zorina, Zorine, Zorrah and Zorya.

Related girl name: Aurora.

Creative forms:
(female) Zeara, Zura, ..

(male) Zorai, Zoro, ..

Middle name pairings:
Zora Arianny (Z.A.), ..

How popular is Zora?

Zora is a very popular first name for women (#1714 out of 4276, Top 40%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#59916 out of 150436, Top 40%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Zora reached its highest position of #311 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #1587 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. The only other popular varying form of Zora (#1587 from recent data) is Aurora (#79 from recent data). Adoption of these forms of Zora is at its peak today (usage of 0.28%), except for the version Zora which has become less fashionable. Aurora has generally been a favorite of parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zora, Aurora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Zora is pronounced similarly to Ceara, Cera, Cerea, Ceria, Ciara, Ciera, Cira, Ciri, Cyra, Cyrah, Sahra, Sara, Sarah, Sarai, Seara, Sera, Siara, Siera, Siri, Suri, Syria, Zara, Zarah, Zariah and Zary. Other suggested similar names are Adora, Adra, Afra, Ara, Azora, Bara, Bora, Cara, Cora, Dora, Drora, Enora, Kara, Kera, Kora, Kyra, Lara, Lora, Lyra, Mara, Mera, Mira, Mora, Moyra, Myra, Nera, Nira, Nora, Noura, Onora, Pera, Rora, Tora, Vera, Yara, Zada, Zana, Zeta, Zila, Zina, Ziva, Zoela, Zohara, Zoia, Zola, Zona, Zondra, Zosia, Zoya and Zyta. These names tend to be less frequently used than Zora.

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