Nora (name)

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Pronunciation/ˈnɔːrə/ NAWR
Word/namefrom Norman, in turn from Latin
Region of originEurope
Other names
Related namesNorah, Noora, Noorah, Norma, Eleonora, Eleanor

Nora or Norah is an Italian, German, English, Irish, Albanian, Scandinavian, Arabic, and Baltic feminine personal name. It mainly originates as a short form of Honora (also Honoria), a common Anglo-Norman name, ultimately derived from the Latin word Honor (with that meaning).[1] In Hungary, the name Nóra originates as a short form of Eleonóra or Eleanor.[2]

It is similar to the Arabic name Noor or Nura, meaning "fire, light, heat" amongst others.

The Irish Nóra is likewise probably an Irish form of Honora. A diminutive form of Nóra is Nóirin; this name has numerous Anglicised forms, such as: Noreen, Norene, Nóinín and Norine.[3]

Nora has been among the most popular girl names in Norway in the 2000s, topping the list of most popular girl names in 2012.[4]

Nora may refer to:


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  1. ^ Withycombe, E. G. (1976). The Concise Dictionary of English Christian Names. Omega Books.
  2. ^ Drosdowski, Günther (1974). Lexikon der Vornamen. Duden.
  3. ^ Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 353, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1.
  4. ^ Rodum, Elisabeth (23 January 2013). "Nora og Lucas mest populære". Aftenposten.