Baby Name Nora

Nora is a short, traditional name that comes from the Latin for “honor.” Though it’s often used for girls, it was also the nickname of Norman conquerors who came from Normandy. It’s also the feminine version of the Scottish name Norman and often a shortened version of the Anglo-Norman name Honora.

Nora has several meanings, including “honor” or light. The name has a Scottish connection as well, as it’s the feminine form of Norman.

Nora is derived from the Old German word meaning “honor.” In the Victorian era, Norah was a popular name for girls. The name’s popularity waned during the Roaring Twenties after the character Nora Charles, played by Myrna Loy, emerged in The Thin Man. More recently it’s been revived in Norway where it consistently ranks among the top ten baby names.

Nora is a short and sweet girl’s name. It sounds classic, but with a modern and now trendy twist. Nora is loaded with Irish roots, and of course, became popular in England after it was borne by Nora Joyce, James Joyce’s daughter. The name also lacks any nicknames that could do it damage. This one’s got staying power.

Baby name Nora is most often given to American girls. Our database has found 437 celebrities named Nora, who have gained a total of 2,472,906 views on their social media accounts.

Once again, the letter N satisfies a lot of people. With Nora, you’re not just getting one name, but two! The first part is short for one of the sweetest names out there: Honora. This name comes from the Latin word honor meaning “honor.”   

The name Nora is a girl’s name of Irish origin meaning “light”.Nora has two separate origin stories, as a derivative of both Honora and Eleanor. The Irish and Anglo-Norman version derives from Honora, based on the Latin word honor. The Hungarians spawned Nora as a short form of Eleonora, a variation of Eleanor.

Nora is a lovely, refined name that conjures up images of Belle Epoch ladies in fur-trimmed coats skating in Central Park, the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll’s House, and the female half of the witty Nick and Nora Charles duo, adding up to a most desirable choice.

Nora—long seen as a quintessentially Irish name—is a quietly stylish favorite tiptoeing up the popularity ladder.

One of Nora’s most prominent contemporary namesakes is the late witty writer Nora Ephron. Nora Durst was a character on the HBO show The Leftovers.

It can also be spelled Norah, as in Norah Jones.




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Nora in pop culture

Nora CharlesCharacter from the Dashiell Hammett novel The Thin ManNoraProtagonist in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s HouseNora AllenCharacter from the comic books The FlashNora BingCharacter from the television sitcom FriendsNora BattyCharacter from the British television series Last of the Summer WineNora DershlitCharacter from the teen show iCarlyNora FriesCharacter in several different comics, also known as Mrs. FreezeNora LewinCharacter in the television series Law and OrderNora WalerCharacter in the television series Brothers and SistersNora DurstCharacter from the television series The LeftoversNora WalkerCharacter from the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why

Famous people named Nora

Nora EphronAmerican filmmaker, director, and writer known for her romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in SeattleNora McInernyAmerican author, speaker, and podcast creatorNora BerraFrench politician and physicianNora RobertsAmerican romance novelistNora GeorginePrincess of LichtensteinNora CamposAmerican politician from CaliforniaNorah JonesAmerican singer, songwriter, and pianistNora LumAmerican actress and rapper known professionally as AwkwafinaNora MiaoHong Kong film actressNora NicholsonBritish actressNora PerryAmerican poet, newspaper correspondent, and writerNora Lawrence SmithAmerican newspaper publisher and activistNora VolkowMexican-American psychiatrist and director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Names Like Nora

Nora is often thought of as an Irish name, but it’s a common name in various parts of the world and has a long history, as well as a few different meanings and spellings.

In Europe, Nora emerged as a shorter version of Honora, which comes from the Latin word “honor.” Nora is also short for Eleanora, a Greek name meaning “light.”

In Hebrew, Nora is spelled Norah, which means “light.” Arabic variations of the name are often spelled Noora, Nura, Noor, Nour, or Nur, which also means “light” or “the divine light.”

Nora is a beloved stand-alone name, but it can also be used as a nickname for Eleanor or Eleanora. Nora is pronounced “nor-rah” and spellings include Nora, Norah, Noora and Nura. It is most commonly used a girls’ name but can be used for babies of any gender. (And the names Noor, Nour, and Nur are gender-neutral.)

Nora is a beautiful and classic name that has an elegant ring to it but is simple to spell and say. And Nora isn’t just for babies. In fact, many towns in Australia, Sweden, and the United States are named Nora. The Nora Stone, which was discovered in Sardinia, is an ancient Phoenician relic found in a pre-Roman town called Nora.

If you like the sound of the name Nora, but want to use it as a nickname for a longer name, you have lots of options, including Lenora, Noreen, Eleanora, Sonora, Honoria, and Norina. And while the short and sweet Nora doesn’t lend itself well to nicknames, you could try out Nor, Nory, Nono, or Rah.

In the United States, Nora was more widely used in the 19th century and experienced a decline from the late 1800s to 2000. But the name has reemerged over the past twenty years, climbing from number 502 on the Social Security Administration’s list of top baby girl names in the year 2000 to number 30 in 2020.

BabyCenter parents are also drawn to Nora, keeping it in the top-100 baby girl names on the site since 2013. (BabyCenter’s ranking is based on data from hundreds of thousands of parents who share their baby’s name with us.)

Nora’s revival may be due to the popularity of singer Norah Jones, actress Nora Lum (known professionally as Awkwafina), and director Nora Ephron, who passed away in 2012.

For such a storied name, Nora feels unpretentious and authentic, making it quite the “honorable” choice for parents looking for an elegant baby name.

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Famous People Named Nora

  • Nora FatehiIndian Actress and Dancer
  • Nora EphronAmerican film director/producer
  • Eleanor Marie “Nora” RobertsAmerican novelist
  • Nora Louise Kuzmabirth name of American actress Traci Lords
  • Nora EddingtonAmerican actress; wife of actor Errol Flynn
  • Nora IstrefiAlbanian Kosovar singer
  • Nora Alicia Oritz SalinasMexican actress
  • Nora MiaoHong Kong actress
  • Nora Connolly O’BrienIrish author and Senator
  • Nora Barnaclewife and muse of novelist James Joyce
  • Nora Lee Guthriedaughter of singer Woody Guthrie
  • Nora ArnezederFrench actress
  • Nora Janseninspiration for Alex Vause on TV’s “Orange is the New Black”
  • Nora Lum aka AwkwafinaAmerican rapper
  • Nora Angela ZehetnerAmerican actress
  • Nora VolkowMexican,American psychiatrist; great,granddaughter of Soviet leader Leon Trotsky
  • Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor)Filipina actress
  • Nora KirkpatrickAmerican actress and musician
  • Nora Eloise DunnAmerican actress/comedienne
  • Norberta Elisabeth Maria Assunta Josefine Georgine et omnes sancti “Nora” Princess of Liechtenstein, Dowager Marquesa de Mariño
  • Nora Hewittmakeup artist and winner of Season 9 of “Face Off”
  • Nora Ellis (b. 2004)daughter of actor Tom Ellis
  • Nora Edman (b. 2008)daughter of footballer Erik Edman
  • Nora Torres (b. 2009)daughter of Spanish footballer Fernando Torres
  • Nora Kara Kennedy (b. 2013)daughter of American politician Patrick Kennedy
  • Nora Holroyd (b. 2015)daughter of actors Allison Munn and Scott Holroyd
  • Nora Elizabeth Egan (b. 2016)daughter of TV chef Kelsey Nixon and Robby Egan
  • Nora Anne QuoirinBritish Irish,French schoolgirl that disappeared from hotel and found dead n Malaysia

Nora in Pop Culture

  • Nora Allencharacter in DC Universe
  • Nora Friescharacter in DC Universe
  • Nora Arnoldcharacter in Enid Blyton’s Secret Series
  • Nora Bakereldest child in the “Cheaper by the Dozen” films
  • Nora Bravermancharacter on TV’s “Parenthood”
  • Nora Charlesmain character in “The Thin Man” movies
  • Nora Clarkcharacter in movie “Step Up”
  • Nora Claytoncharacter on TV’s “Revolution”
  • Nora Dearlycharacter in “Dearly, Departed” series by Lia Habel
  • Nora Durstcharacter on TV series “The Leftovers”
  • Nora Estheimminor character in video game “Final Fantasy XIII”
  • Nora Gainesboroughcharacter on TV series ‘True Blood’
  • Nora Grahamcharacter in “Ballet Teacher” by Lee Wyndham
  • Nora Greycharacter in the “Hush Hush” saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Nora Helmercharacter in Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”
  • Nora Montgomerycharacter on TV’s “American Horror Story”
  • Nora Sergeantcharacter on TV’s “Being Human”
  • Nora Thundermancharacter on animated series “The Thundermans”
  • Nora Valkyriecharacter voiced by Samantha Ireland on web series “RWBY”
  • Nora Walkermain character on TV’s “Brothers and Sisters”
  • Nora Hildegardcharacter on TV series “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Noracharacter in the “St Clare” book series by Enid Blyton
  • Noracharacter in the anime “Noragami”
  • Noracharacter in Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs”
  • Noracharacter in novel “The Nest”
  • Nora Martinezcharacter in film “The Strain”
  • The Noraa society in the video game “Horizon Zero Dawn”
  • Nora Césairecharacter in the animated series “Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir”
  • Nora de Laurentischaracter in The After Series by Anna Todd

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