Aurora (given name)

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Related namesAurore, Rory, Arora

Aurora is a feminine given name, originating from the name of the ancient Roman goddess of dawn Aurora.[1]

Russian name[edit]

The variant used in the Russian language is "Авро́ра" (Avrora).[1] While in use before the 20th century, it became more common after the Russian Revolution of 1917, due to the role cruiser Aurora played in the events.[1] In 1924–1930, the name was included into various Soviet calendars,[2] which included the new and often artificially created names promoting the new Soviet realities and encouraging the break with the tradition of using the names in the Synodal Menologia.[3] Diminutives of this name include "Авро́рка" (Avrorka), "А́ва" (Ava), "А́ра" (Ara), and "Ро́ра" (Rora).[1]

Indian name[edit]

The Sanskrit name Aarushi (Arushi) meaning first rays of the sun in the dawn, is closely related. The name Arushi stems from the word Arusha which appears in the Rig Veda. The Vedic hymns composed in praise of the fire god Agni refer to the red colour of the dawn as Arusha.[4]

The name Aurora or Arora is also used by the Khatri community of West Pakistan as a surname; the name has an Indo-Greek origin of the name Aurora. It can be written the same as Aurora or Arora in family surnames or given female names.


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  1. ^ a b c d Petrovsky, p. 36
  2. ^ Superanskaya, pp. 22 and 278
  3. ^ Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Елена Душечкина. "Мессианские тенденции в советской антропонимической практике 1920-х - 1930-х годов" (in Russian)
  4. ^ Müller, Friedrich Max (1964). "Vedic Hymns".


  • Н. А. Петровский (N. A. Petrovsky). "Словарь русских личных имён" (Dictionary of Russian First Names). ООО Издательство "АСТ". Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-17-002940-3
  • А. В. Суперанская (A. V. Superanskaya). "Словарь русских имён" (Dictionary of Russian Names). Издательство Эксмо. Москва, 2005. ISBN 5-699-14090-5