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What does Dora mean?

Dora Pronunciation of Dora as a girls' name is pronounced DOR-ah. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Dora is "gift". Short form of Dorothy or names like Theodora. Also used as a prefix in blended names. Literary: introduced as an independent name by a character in Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield". Also form of Adora. Also form of Eudora. Also form of Pandora.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, gift, blended, literary


VARIANTS Dodee, Dodi, Dodie, Dody, Dorae, Dorah, Doralee, Doraleene, Doralia, Doralice, Doralicia, Doralina, Doralisha, Doralyn, Doralynn, Dore, Dorea, Doree, Doreen, Doreina, Dorelia, Dorelle, Dorena, Dorene, Doretta, Dorette, Doreyda, Doria, Dorie, Dorina, Dorinda, Dorine, Dorita, Dorlisa, Dorrie, Dory

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA DOROTHY, THEODORA Dasha, Dasya, Doe, Doll, Dolli, Dolly, Dori, Dorika, Dorit, Doritha, Doro, Dorota, Dorotea, Dorotha, Dorrit, Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dosha, Dosya, Dot, Dotty, Fedora, Tea, Tedra, Thea, Todora



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How popular is Dora?

Dora is a very popular first name for females (#249 out of 4276, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#22612 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Dora was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #50 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Dora are Thea (#273 A YEAR AGO), Dorothy (#586), Theodora (#1405), Dolly, Dorthea, Doll, Tea, Pandora, Fedora, Eudora, Dotty, Dot, Dosha, Dorthy, Dortha, Dorrie, Dodie, Dorotha, Dorine, Dorinda, Dorie, Dori, Doretta, Dorene, Doreen and Dasha. Other forms, like Dorotea, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Dora was at its highest 98 years ago (AVERAGE #1315) and has become much less since (#1861, 96.7%), with versions such as Dortha becoming somewhat outmoded. Dorothy is more universally found than the rest, though Thea is now ranked higher.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dora, Dasha, Dodie, Doll, Dolly in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Doreen, Dorene, Doretta, Dori, Dorie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dorinda, Dorine, Dorotha, Dorothy, Dorrie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dortha, Dorthea, Dorthy, Dosha, Dot in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dotty, Eudora, Fedora, Pandora, Tea in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Thea, Theodora in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dora is pronounced similarly to Daeira, Daira, Dara, Darah, Dari, Daria, Darra, Darrah, Darya, Deora, Derry, Dorey, Dorri, Dorria, Dorry and Doura. Other recommended sound-alike names are Afra, Ara, Bara, Bera, Bora, Cora, Dama, Dana, Darda, Debora, Dedra, Deka, Dela, Deva, Devora, Devra, Dila, Dior, Dita, Dobra, Doda, Dola, Dona, Donya, Doran, Dorcas, Doris, Dorma, Dorrma (see Dorma), Dorsay, Dova, Drea, Drora, Drorah (see Derora), Dru, Edra, Elora, Kara, Kora, Kyra, Liora, Lora, Lura, Lyra, Mera, Mira, Moira, Mora, Myra, Nira, Nora, Ora, Pera, Rora, Sara, Tora, Tyra, Vera and Zora. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dora.

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