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

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, 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:


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Nora from the anime Noragami
  • Nora Allen from The Flash comic books
  • Nora Arendt in Spice and Wolf
  • Nora Batty, fictional character on the British television series Last of the Summer Wine
  • Nora Charles, fictional character in the Dashiell Hammett novel, The Thin Man
  • Nora Carpenter, fictional character in Final Destination 2
  • Nora Estheim, fictional character in the video game Final Fantasy XIII
  • Nora Fries, fictional character in DC Comics
  • Nora Grey, fictional character in the Hush, Hush series of books by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Nora Hanen, fictional character on the American television series One Life to Live
  • Nora Helmer, character in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
  • Nora of Kelmendi, legendary character in the Albanian folklore
  • Nora Lewin, fictional character on the American television series Law & Order
  • Noora Amalie Sætre, fictional character in Norwegian TV show SKAM
  • Norah Stoakes, fictional character in the Canadian young adult novel The Sky Is Falling (Pearson novel)
  • Nora Valkyrie from the animated web series RWBY
  • Nora Wakeman, fictional character in My Life as a Teenage Robot
  • Nora Walker, fictional character on the American television series Brothers & Sisters


  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. ^ Elisabeth Rodum (23 January 2013) Nora og Lucas mest populære Aftenposten