Zora: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Zora

Zora

Pronunciation: ZOH-rə (key)

Origin of the name Zora:

Of Slavonic origin, meaning "dawn."

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Apparently there's a myth about the Zorya, who are the two guardian goddesses known as the Auroras. Alternate spellings, according to Wikipedia and my Russian-Albanian neighbors, include Zora, Zarya, Zory, and Zore.

The stars guard and watch over the doomsday hound, Simargl, who is chained to the star Polaris in the constellation Ursa Minor, the "little bear". If the chain ever breaks, the hound will devour the constellation and the universe will end. The Zorya represent the Morning Star and Evening Star.

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Nicknames for Zora: | Edit

Zo, Z, Zo-zo, Star-fox

Meanings and history of the name Zora: | Edit

Macedonian in origin. Male equivalent is Zoran. Meaning in Serbian is "dawn".

Famous real-life people named Zora: | Edit

Author Zora Neale Hurston
Zora Arkus-Duntov "Father of the Corvette" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Arkus-Duntov

Zora in song, story & screen: | Edit

Zora, a kid from the Disney Channel series Sonny With a Chance.
The Zoras, a water dwelling species in "The Legend of Zelda" games.
Princess Zora, played by Aileen Quinn, protagonist of "Cannon Movie Tales: The Frog Prince" (1986)

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