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Gender: F Meaning of Cora: "maiden" Origin of Cora: Greek Cora's Popularity in 2015: #88

Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans -- that has been recently rejuvenated and strengthened by its contemporary-feeling simplicity.

Though she has never been completely out of favor, Cora has had her ups and downs. A Top 20 name in the 1880's, she had sunk to Number 876 in 1988, but then has gradually risen to its current ranking of 88, with every indication of climbing higher. A current inspiration is the appealing American-born Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.

In classical mythology, Cora--or Kore-- was a euphemistic name of Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld.

While a complete name unto itself, some parents who love Cora may want to use it as a short form for such names as Cordelia or Coraline. Cora's fashionable sisters include Clara, Nora, Corinne, Corinna and Coralie.

Famous People Named Cora

Cora Brown-Potter, 19th-century actress
Cora Corre, English model; granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood
Cora Emmanuel, French model
Cora Lijek, US ambassador; one of the six hostages in the Canadian Caper
Anna Cora Mowatt, 19th-century novelist/playwright/actress
Cora Pearl, 19th-century courtesan
Cora Sandel, Norwegian writer
Cora Alvillar, YouTube makeup artist
Cora Eisenberg, puppeteer with husband Bil Baird

Pop Culture References for the name Cora

Cora, the Maiden, epithet for the goddess Persephone. Modern version of ancient greek Korē.
Cora Munro, heroine of Last of the Mohicans
Cora Crawley, character on Downton Abbey
Cora Hale, Teen Wolf (2013) character
Cora Simmons-Brown, character from Meet the Browns
Cora, Regina's mother on the US TV series Once Upon a Time
Cora Ryan, Helen Mirren's character in Age of Consent (1969)
Cora, wife of Vernon Tull in As I Lay Dying (1930) by Faulkner
Cora, Canadian restaurant breakfast food chain
Korra, heroine of Nickelodeon animated show The Legend of Korra
Quorra, Olivia Wilde's character in the Disney movie Tron
Cora, young girl in steerage in "Titanic"
Cora Bell, protagonist of "The Friday Society"
Literally means "hearts" in Latin