Cora: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cora
Origin of the name Cora:
Derived from the Greek Korē, which is from korē (maiden). The name is borne in Roman mythology as a byname for Proserpina and in Greek mythology as a byname for Persephone.
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- Comments and insights on the name Cora: | Edit
The meaning of the name Cora is Heart, Maiden
We are planning to use Cora as a shortened form for Corazon, 'heart' in Spanish. The name Corazon for girls is not uncommon in the Philippines.
While a complete name unto itself, some parents who love Cora may want to use it as a short form for such names as Cordelia or Coraline.
- Personal experiences with the name Cora: | Edit
My grandmother's middle name was Cora, her first name was Nettie. Ever since she told me her middle name when I was a child, I wanted to have a daughter some day to name after her. It is such a beautiful name and not very popular. My daughter is sure to have a unique name, but not something that will be too unique that no one has ever heard of it.
My name is Cora. I like it because it is easy to say & pronounce, but is unique. I have met a few other Coras. I think it is beautiful.
- Nicknames for Cora: | Edit
Corrie, Cor, Coco
- Meanings and history of the name Cora: | Edit
the name "Cora" is an invented name that was first coined by American writer James Fenimore Cooper for the dark-haired heroine in "The Last of the Mohicans" (1826). Probably a variant of Kore or Corinna. From Greek, meaning "maiden". Kore is an alternate name for the Greek goddess Persephone.
- Famous real-life people named Cora: | Edit
Cora Skinner, American model and actress
- Cora in song, story & screen: | Edit
Cora Munro, main character in "Last of the Mohicans" (novel and movie)
Cora Corman, lead character in the 2007 American romantic comedy film "Music and Lyrics"
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, character in TV series "Downton Abbey"
Corabeth Godsey , character on the 1972-1981 TV show "The Waltons"
Cora is the evil queen and mother of Regina, Snow White's mother, in the ABC's series Once Upon a Time
Cora, in 1970/80s TV commercials for Maxwell House coffee, portrayed by Margaret Hamilton
"Cora Unashamed", short story by Langston Hughes
Cora was a main charactor in Sarah Dessen's book Lock and Key.