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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 Robson, English actress
Flora Payne Whitney, American socialite; member of the Vanderbilt family
Flora Call Disney, mother of Walt Disney
Flora Zuzori, Ragusan (Croatian) poet
Flora Purim, Brazilian jazz singer

Pop Culture References for the Name Flora

Flora Poste, main character in Stella Gibsons's "Cold Comfort Farm"
Flora, character in "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
Flora, fairy in the television show Winx Club
Flora, one of the three Good Fairies in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty"
Flora, brand of margarine/spread in the UK
Flora Gilchrist, character in the movie "St Ives"
Flora Wentworth, one of the 12 sisters in the book "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
Flora MacIvor, character in Walter Scott's 1814 novel "Waverley"
Flora Northrop, character in the "Main Street" series by Ann M. Martin
Flora Finching, character in "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
Flora Reinhold, character in Professor Layton video game
Flora Habstat, character in The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler

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)