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Gender: F Meaning of Nora: "light" Origin of Nora: Irish, diminutive of Honora, or Greek Nora's Popularity in 2012: #107

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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. It is now at Number 107, 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 Sergeant, character on "Being Human"
Nora Charles, of "The Thin Man" movies
Nora Grey, of the "Hush Hush" saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora Braverman, character on TV's "Parenthood"
Nora Walker, main character on "Brothers and Sisters"
Nora Dearly, of "Dearly, Departed" series by Lia Habel
Nora Helmer, from Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"
Nora Montgomery, character on American Horror Story
Nora Graham in the book Ballet Teacher by Lee Wyndham, 1956
Nora Gainesborough, character on TV series 'True Blood'
Nora Valkyrie, member of JNPR in webshow "RWBY" (RoosterTeeth)
Nora Clark, main character on "Step up"
Nora Allen, DC comic book character
Nora Fries, DC comic book character

Norah, Norie, Norina, Norine, Norline, Norra

Nora's International Variations

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