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Gender: F Meaning of Nora: "light" Origin of Nora: Irish, diminutive of Honora, or Greek Nora's Popularity in 2013: #83

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Nora is a lovely, refined name that conjures up images of Belle Epoch ladies in fur-trimmed coats skating in Central Park, the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll's House, and the female half of the witty Nick and Nora Charles duo, adding up to a most desirable choice.

Nora--long seen as a quintessentially Irish name--is a quietly stylish favorite tiptoeing up the popularity ladder and has just entered the Top 100 at Number 83, the highest it has ranked since 1913.

One of Nora's most prominent contemporary namesakes is the late witty writer Nora Ephron.

It is also found spelled Norah, as in Norah Jones.

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Famous People Named Nora

Nora Ephron, American film director/producer
Eleanor "Nora" Roberts, American novelist
Nora Louise Kuzma, birth name of American actress Traci Lords
Nora Eddington (1924-2001), American actress & wife of Errol Flynn
Nora Price, author
Nora Lam, minister to China
Nora Istrefi, Albanian Kosovar singer
Nora Salinas, Mexican actress
Nora Miao, Hong Kong actress
Nora O'Brien, Irish writer, activist, politician
Nora Barnacle, wife and muse of James Joyce
Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie
Nora Arnezeder, French actress
Nora Jansen, real-life woman on whom Alex Vause of Orange is the New Black is based
Nora Lum, real name of American rapper Awkwafina
Nora Zehetner, American actress
Nora Volkow, great-granddaughter of Leon Trotsky
Nora Aunor, Filipina actress
Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician
Nora Dunn, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Nora

Nora Allen, mother of The Flash in DC Comics
Nora, character on TV's "How I Met your Mother"
Nora Braverman, character on TV's "Parenthood"
Nora Charles, main character in "The Thin Man" movies
Nora Clark, character in movie "Step Up"
Nora Clayton, character on TV's "Revolution"
Nora Dearly, character in "Dearly, Departed" series by Lia Habel
Nora Estheim, minor character in video game "Final Fantasy XIII"
Nora Fries aka Lazara, character in Batman comics
Nora Gainesborough, character on TV series 'True Blood'
Nora Graham, character in "Ballet Teacher" by Lee Wyndham
Nora Grey, character in the "Hush Hush" saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora Helmer, character in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"
Nora Montgomery, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Nora Sergeant, character on TV's "Being Human"
Nora Valkyrie, character on web series "RWBY" by RoosterTeeth
Nora Walker, main character on TV's "Brothers and Sisters"
Nora Arnold, character in Enid Blyton's Secret Series
Nora Thunderman, character on animated series "The Thundermans"

Norah, Norie, Norina, Norine, Norline, Norra

Nora's International Variations

Noora (Finnish) Noreena, Noreen (Irish) Niall (Israeli) Norlene (Scottish) Norita (Spanish)