Nora Name Meaning & Origin

Nora

Pronunciation: NOH-rə (key)

Origin of the name Nora:

A short form of any of the names containing the element -nora, Nora is also commonly bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Nora: | Edit

I LOVE my name and ALWAYS have! You don't meet many Noras and once someone hears your name, they will always remember you if and when they hear it again. Yes, you do get called Laura, Norma, Doris, and Lauren, but I've never found that upsetting. I will agree with one other post that as a child, I could never find my name on any products at a boutique store or amusement park, etc. and that was a little disappointing; however it has become more popular now. I am SO GLAD my parents named me Nora. Love it!

I have noticed this name really gaining in popularity recently. FOUR families I know named their daughters Nora in 2016!!

Aron, Arno, Nora, Oran, Roan and Rona are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Nora June is my two year old cousin. Previously, I hated the name because I had bad associations with it. Now I love it. She is adorable and fits her name well.

Personal experiences with the name Nora: | Edit

My name is Nora, and I LOVE my name. I've receive compliments about my name many times. Also, my name has never been mistaken for Laura or even Norah for that matter.

My daughter is named Nora and it is often mistaken for the more common Laura upon introduction. She does not like her name but I like it. It's solid and traditional.

My name is Nora, and I had a teacher way back in the 50s that called me Laura for the whole year, no matter how many times I corrected her. It was ridiculous.

My daughter is named Nora. I have never had a problem with it being mistaken for Laura. (She is currently only 17 months, though.) Most people tend to find it old-fashioned, and my SIL commented, "that's different", but I've never gotten any negative comments, although I'm not sure if people would say them to my face or not. No one has ever said they liked it either!

My name is Nora and as above, I'm always confused with Laura! I've only met two other people named Nora and I knew them both when I was four years old. I never saw those two again!

My cousin Nora was also always being called Laura. She finally stuck with it cause she hates the name Nora anyway and I have to agree. It's very old fashioned and out of date.

My mom's name is Nora, she was born in the 70's.

Nicknames for Nora: | Edit

Nor, Norsie, Nors, Naya, Norsa, No-ha

Meanings and history of the name Nora: | Edit

"Nora" can be traced to the Arabic word "noor" meaning "light", or to the English given name "Honora" meaning "honor."

Famous real-life people named Nora: | Edit

Nora Ephron - American film director/producer
Eleanor "Nora" Roberts - American novelist
Nora Louise Kuzma - birth name of American actress Traci Lords
Norah Jones - American singer

Nora in song, story & screen: | Edit

Nora Helmer, main character in Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll's House"
Nora Lewin, character on the US television series Law & Order
Noisy Nora, a famous children's book
Nora Charles, character in the movie Thin Man
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, American film
Nora Wilde, character in the television series The Naked Truth
Nora Diniro, character in the 80s film Pump Up the Volume
Nora, Adam and Christina's baby in the US television show Parenthood
Nora Baker, character in the US film Cheaper by the Dozen
Nora Grey, fictional female protagonist of the Hush, Hush series by author Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora Montgomery, character in the TV series American Horror Story:Murder House
Nora Valkyrie - RWBY (RoosterTeeth Mini Series)
Nora, a servant at Uncle Elisha & Aunt Jane's house in the Little House series
Nora Hildegard, a character from a tv show called "The Vampire Diaries"

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