Leora Name Meaning & Origin

Leora

Pronunciation: lay-OHR-ə (key)

Origin of the name Leora:

Hebrew name meaning "the light is mine."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Leora: | Edit

Really pretty name. It's uncommon, yet intuitively pronounceable.
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I've only encountered it pronounced lee-OHR-(schwa), while Laura has listed it as lay-OHR-(schwa). So perhaps it's not so intuitively pronounceable.
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My Name is prounced Lee-or-a. Spelt Leora, It never fails, to prounces my name incorrecty.
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New acquaintances often want to add an 'n' in there somewhere, like Lenore, Leonora or Leona; not a big deal to correct them that it hasn't got any n's in it and rhymes with fedora. :)
Some pronounce the first syllable 'lay'; some pronounce it 'lee', but either is fine with me (it sounds almost identical and doesn't change the name's meaning).
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Personal experiences with the name Leora: | Edit

My grandmother's name, after her father, Leo.
She pronounced Lee-or-uh, not Lay-or-a.
I think it's beautiful and unusual, feminine, but not too frilliana.
An Israeli friend of mine has informed me that it sounds "old" and that Leor is the more modern version there (more evidence of the using boys names for girls trend).
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This is my daughter's name & mothers. It is not unusual name in Israel for girls. Meaning is closer to "one who gives light." It was popular in the USA in the 1930s btw.
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I was named after my Grandmother, whom I never got the chance to meet, but very fortunate to gladly have her name:)Her background was English, Idiana and Irish. Not exactly sure, what made her parents decision to name her Leora.
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This is my sisters name. She also pronounces it Lee-or-ah. But she has never really gone by this name. Apparently when she and my brother were little he had trouble saying it and it was coming out Lori. So from then she has always been known as Lori.

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I was named after my grandmother Leona, which my parents modernized into Leora.

In the US and Canada, most people react to my name that they've never heard it, and that it's very lovely. Other reactions are that it's beautiful, creative, elegant, possibly magical/exotic, and yet easily pronounceable. I've not seen any negative reactions.

Israelis in the US are happily surprised that I have an "Israeli" name, since it's not uncommon in Israel. It's a Hebrew name, and it would be mildly surprising to meet a Leora who isn't Jewish, but it's a brave new world so I hereby give you permission to use it even if you aren't.

As a small child, I didn't like having an uncommon name, because nothing ever came pre-personalized with my name on it. As a teen and adult, I've adored my name. I think that people grow into their names; by definition, I'm somebody who wants to make the world a brighter place.
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Nicknames for Leora: | Edit

Lee, Le Le, Leah, Leah Girl, Lori, Leora-le, Yora, Yoralah.

Meanings and history of the name Leora: | Edit

I've seen in books and online the origin Of Leora is, Hebrew, Italian and Greek. So I really don't know where it originated from.

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Has Hebrew roots from the male name Lior. It means "my light".

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Hi, another Leora here! It's originally Hebrew.
Lee = me/mine
Orr = light
Ah = a name of God (alternately, if you don't like having God in your name, 'ah' can just be a feminine ending).
So, its direct Hebrew meaning is 'God is my Light'. If you want a secular definition, Leora can also be translated as 'a light unto me' or 'my light'.
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Famous real-life people named Leora: | Edit

Leora Dana, American film and stage actress.

Leora in song, story & screen: | Edit

- Leora is the main character in the novel "In the Image" by Dara Horn.
- Princess Leora is the main character in the children's book "The Balloon Tree" by Phoebe Gilman.

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