Dora Name Meaning & Origin

Dora

Pronunciation: DOH-rə (key)

Origin of the name Dora:

A short form of any of the various names containing the Greek element dōron (gift), Dora is also commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Dory, Dodo, Dor

Meanings and history of the name Dora: | Edit

Dora means "gift" in Greek. It may be used as an independent name, or as a short form for Theodora, Pandora, Isadora, or other names ending in this suffix.

Famous real-life people named Dora: | Edit

Dora Carrington, Bloomsbury artist. She disliked her first name, and called herself "Carrington" alone.
Dora Colvin, pioneering female trucker
Dora Boothby, English tennis champion
Dora Gordine, Latvian-English sculptor
Dora Maar, French-Croatian artist and muse of Pablo Picasso
Dora Wordsworth, daughter of poet William Wordsworth, who inspired his poem, "Address to My Infant Daughter"
Dora Anastasiou, Cypriot Miss World delegate
Dora Bakoyannis, Greek politician

Dora in song, story & screen: | Edit

Dora Spenlow, first, childlike wife of David Copperfield in Charles Dickens' eponymous novel.
Dora Marquez, lead character in the Nick Jr. cartoon series "Dora the Explorer".
Dora Winifred Reed, little sister of Arthur in the "Arthur" PBS cartoon series. She hates her name, and goes by "D.W".
Dora Bianchi is a character in the webcomic Questionable Content. She runs a coffee shop called Coffee of Doom.

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