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 a 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" among others.

The Irish Nóra is likewise probably an Irish form of Honora. A diminutive form of Nóra is Nóirín; 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.