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Gender: F Meaning of Flora: "flower" Origin of Flora: Latin

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Flora, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth, is one of the gently old-fashioned girls' flower names we think is due for a comeback--alongside cousins Cora and Dora. Also the name of a saint, Flora has long been a favorite in Scotland where it was the name of the young heroine who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie make his way to France. Florence, Fiorella, Fleur, and Flower are translations, but we like Flora best of all.

Flora was a Top 100 name in the 1880's and 1890's, but gradually descended until it finally fell off the list in 1972. It is still popular in some European countries--it is Number 29 in Hungary and Number 138 in France.

There have been a number of memorable Floras in literature, including the angelic little girl in Henry James's Turn of the Screw, the exasperating but charming Flora Poste in Stella Gibson's Cold Comfort Farm, Flora MacIvor in Walter Scott's Waverly, and one of the three Good Fairies in Disney's Sleeping Beauty.

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Famous People Named Flora

Flora Payne Whitney - American socialite; member of the Vanderbilt family
Flora Call Disney - mother of Walt Disney
Flora Zuzori, born Cvijeta Zuzorić - Ragusan (Croatian) poet

Pop Culture References for the Name Flora

Flora Poste, protagonist of Stella Gibsons's Cold Comfort Farm
Flora is the name of a fairy in the television show Winx Club
Flora is one of the three Good Fairies in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty"
Flora is a margarine/spread in the UK
Flora Gilchrist is a character in the movie St Ives.
Flora- One of the 12 sisters in the book "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Flora MacIvor, character in Walter Scott's 1814 novel "Waverley"
One of the main characters in Ann Martin's young adult book series Main Street.
Flora Finching, character in Dickens's "Little Dorrit"

Fiora, Fiordenni, Fiore, Fiorella, Fiori, Flo, Floralia, Florella, Florelle, Florentia, Florentina, Florenza, Floressa, Floretta, Florette, Flori, Floria, Florianna, Florrie

Flora's International Variations

Flore, Fleur, Fleurette (French) Floraigh (Gaelic) Florka (Hungarian) Florida, Florita, Flor, Florinda, Floridita (Spanish)