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Girl Name: Nora

Name: Nora
Pronunciation: \n(o)-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Noreen, Annora, Eleanor, Helen, Honor
Sounds Like: Nira, Nore, Nera, Nura, Noura
Variant forms: Lanora, Nonie, Noora, Norah, Norella, Norelle, Norissa, Norry
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 266
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 27316


Nora \n(o)-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced NOR-ah. It is of English origin. Short form Eleanora (Greek) "light", Honora (Latin) "woman of honor", and Leonora. Also used as an independent name. In Scotland, Nora is often used as a feminine form of Norman. Nora is the heroine of Ibsen's "A Doll's House". Writer Nora Ephron; pop singer Norah Jones.

Nora has 8 variant forms: Lanora, Nonie, Noora, Norah, Norella, Norelle, Norissa and Norry.

For more information, see also related names Noreen, Annora, Eleanor, Helen and Honor.

Baby names that sound like Nora are Nira, Nore, Nera, Nura and Noura.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Nora.


Nora is a very popular first name for women (#266 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#27316 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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