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Quick Facts on Nora

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Irish, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 83
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Nora

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Nora

The name Nora developed mainly as a pet form for the name Honora. Honora is from the Latin name Honorius meaning ‘honor.’ The name Honora became so popular in Ireland (rendered in the Irish as Onóra) that many people assumed it was an Irish name. Noreen, for example, originated from the name Nora by adding the Irish diminutive marker “-ín” so it means ‘little honorable one.’ Honoré has been a virtue name in use in France since at least the 17th century. The name Nora developed on the British Isles and has been in use since modern times. We can mainly thank the Irish for popularizing the name.

Popularity of the Name Nora

The height of Nora’s popularity was at the end of the 19th century. From 1900 onward, the name quietly declined in usage for 100 arduous, slow years. Nora’s low point came in the year 2000 when it was ranked about 500th place on the naming charts and given to only a couple hundred baby girls that year. But it doesn’t linger at its depths for long. The name has managed to advance almost 350 positions on the charts in 10 short years. It increased 100 places in one year alone (2003) which happens to be the year that Hurricane Nora hit Mexico. That was one stormy year for Nora! Today, Nora is experiencing a mini-comeback like many of the popular names from the turn of the 20th century. Its revival is not quite as dramatic as Emma, Ella, Lillian, Lucy or Evelyn. But it’s also not ignored like Ethel, Gladys, Agnes or Mildred. Rather, Nora is more akin to the “medium” popular old-fashioned names like Ruby, Alice, Eleanor and Vivian. Since this group of “old-lady” names is not as popular, they’re not as trendy and overused either – this could be considered a good thing for some American parents. Nora is unpretentious and simple; a downright “honorable” choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Nora
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Nora

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Nora

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Nora

    Nora Charles (The Thin Man) Nora is the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett’s sophisticated 1934 novel, The Thin Man, and she is indelibly entwined with the image of the incomparable Myrna Loy, who portrayed her in the movies of the thirties and forties. No “doll-wife” she – she is witty, urbane and beautiful and goes toe to toe with her adoring husband, Nick, on any and all issues imaginable. Seemingly able to eschew housework and cooking entirely (oh, where are those devoted servants of yesteryear?!), Nora spends all her time sleuthing in fashionable outfits, usually with a drink in one hand and her dog Asta’s leash in the other. At some point in the series she becomes a mother, but this puts nary a wrinkle in her finely tuned activities. She simply hands the boy over to Nick, who promptly tutors him in the fine art of racetrack betting.

    Nora Helmer (A Doll’s House) Nora is the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, and she is one of the most important female characters ever created. She embodies the personification of the 19th century woman of a certain class, a woman who adopted first her father’s views, and then her husband’s, as her own. A woman who is more plaything than mate, whose sole preoccupations must be with housekeeping and childrearing. Hmmm…perhaps she did not only exist in the 19th century, but also in the twentieth, and dare we suggest, into the twenty-first? As the plot unfolds, Nora comes to realize her true worth to her husband, and the only solution available to her is to leave him to find herself. (That she leaves her children as well has always been a problematic issue with this play.) She signaled a new path for women for decades to come, exhibiting a courage that was hard won, and providing inspiration for generations to come.

  • Popular Songs on Nora

    Popular Songs on Nora

    Nora - a song by Blessid Union of Souls

    Nora - a song by Richard Shindell

    Nora Marie - a song by Tyler Hilton

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Nora

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Nora

    Busybody Nora (Johanna Hurwitz) - "What is your name?" That's what Nora asks her neighbors as she rides up and down the elevator of her apartment house. She doesn't mean to be a busybody. She just wants to be like doorman Henry and know all the people in her building--all 200 of them! And then one day Nora gets a great idea: they'll have a giant party, for everyone in the building! Also in the series is “New Neighbors for Nora”. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    My Cats Nick and Nora (Isabelle Harper) - Moser and his young granddaughter depict an ordinary but hilarious day in the life of child-hassled cats. When Isabelle's cousin Emmie visits, "the first thing we do is go find Nick and Nora. It isn't always easy. They have lots of places to hide." The girls coerce the glowering cats into playing school, dressing up, and attending a birthday party complete with big neighborhood dogs ("We invite all their friends...," Isabelle says with exquisite innocence). After a brief escape and capture, detente is achieved with a group nap. The contrast between Isabelle's blithe, sweetly oblivious narration and the cats' expressions of strained tolerance is a stitch. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Noisy Nora (Rosemary Wells) - Rosemary Wells' tales of animals with very human problems make her a favorite from the board-book years on. Nora, that noisy mouse, returns with all her middle-child problems still on display. What's a mouse to do when little brother and big sister take up all mom and dad's time? Yup. Plenty of noise. Look at these new pictures and you can almost hear the racket. With all that clatter, it might be better to read this one before dinner, not before bed! Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Nora and the Texas Terror (Judy Cox) - Reflecting recessionary times, Cox’s latest chapter book follows a third-grader named Nora who suddenly has to share her room at home and her desk at school with a cousin whose father has lost his job. It’s a quick snapshot, covering the few weeks it takes for the father of “the Texas Terror” to find new employment, but Cox packs it with drama, mostly domestic and mostly comic. Nora and Ellie have met only once before—it didn’t go well—and their personalities and styles still clash when Ellie relocates to Oregon. Nora likes her own routine, her ballet, and building gnome houses at recess, while Ellie wears black, dotes on her pet tarantula, and plays hard in the recess soccer game. Cox concisely conveys a sense of family dynamics and resolves the crisis of the story—a storm that imperils Ellie’s little brother—as neatly as she dispels Nora and Ellie’s differences. Haley’s illustrations are likewise cartoonish and appealing. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Nora's Pink Boots (Matthew Hoggins) - New shoes? Weird shoes? Red shoes? Blue? Nora doesn't want these, what's a dad to do? Nora's Pink Boots is a story about a father who takes his young daughter shoe shopping for her birthday, only to find that she has no interest in replacing her dirty, worn out, old boots. As Nora explains the significance of her old boots, he begins to gain an insight into his daughter's mind that any parent will appreciate. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Nora's Stars (Satomi Ichikawa) - While a little girl is visiting her grandmother who lives in a lovely Mediterranean setting, she discovers an old trunk full of toys that come magically to life at bedtime. That night when Nora wishes that she could have the stars that appear to be so close, the toys gather them up from the sky and bring them to her. They spend an enchanted evening playing with the stars; when Nora realizes how sad and dark the sky is without any twinkling lights, she sends them back where they belong and falls contentedly asleep. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Nora

    Famous People Named Nora

    Famous People Named Nora - Nora Dunn (SNL cast member); Nora Ephron (writer); Nora Roberts (writer); Nora Balling (model); Nora Barnacle (wife of author James Joyce); Nora Sayre (film critic)

  • Children of Famous People Named Nora

    Children of Famous People Named Nora

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Nora - Gwendolyn Brooks (poet); Ossie Davis (actor, writer)

  • Historic Figures

    Nora - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Nora - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nora.

Personality of the Girl Name Nora

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Nora

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