Aurora Origin and Meaning

The name Aurora is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "dawn".

The goddess name Aurora has consistently been on the US popularity list since the nineteenth century, but has really taken off in the past 30 years. Aurora also enjoys remarkable international popularity, ranking in the Top 100 throughout the English-speaking world as well as in Italy, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, and several other European and Latin American countries.

Aurora is the name of the Roman goddess of sunrise, whose tears turned into the morning dew. She was said to renew herself by traveling from East to West across the sky, announcing the arrival of the sun each dawn. Aurora is also associated with the scientific term for the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis.

The radiant Aurora, also the name of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, would be sure to make any little girl feel like a princess. Aurora Leigh is the name of an epic poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Aurora Greenway was the moving Shirley MacLaine character in Terms of Endearment.

An Aurora nickname possibility with a totally different feel: Rory. Read more about Aurora and other Disney Princess Names in our featured blog.

# 22 in the US

Aurora Rank in US Top 1000

# 8 on Nameberry

Aurora Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Aurora Popularity

Famous People Named Aurora

  • Aurora AksnesNorwegian singer
  • Aurora Antonia Aragónviuda de Quezón, First Lady of the Philippines as wife of President Luis Quezón
  • Aurora "Rory" BlockAmerican blues guitarist and singer
  • Aurora BrowneCanadian actress and comedian
  • Aurora CáceresPeruvian,European writer of the "modernismo" literary movement
  • Aurora CotopCanadian figure skater
  • Aurora ClavelMexican actress
  • Aurora BautistaSpanish actress
  • Aurora CunhaPortuguese long,distance runner
  • Aurora Karamzina nee StjernvallFinnish,Swede philanthropist and noblewoman
  • Aurora Königsmarckmistress of King Augustus the Strong of Poland
  • Aurora Wilhelmina KoskullSwedish lady,in,waiting, singer and salonist/socialite
  • Aurora Levins MoralesPuerto Rican writer and poet
  • Aurora LjungstedtSwedish horror novelist
  • Aurora 'Rory' MartínezMexican director
  • Aurora NilssonSwedish writer
  • Aurora Pijuan1970 Miss International Beauty Pageant
  • Aurora Reyes FloresMexican painter
  • Aurora RoblesMexican supermodel
  • Aurora VenturiniArgentine writer
  • Aurora PerrineauAmerican actress, daughter of actor Harold Perrineau and model Brittany Perrineau
  • Aurora Jessop (b. 1992)daughter of reality TV personality Robyn Brown of TV's "Sister Wives" and David Jessop
  • Aurora Sophie Ramazzotti (b. 1996)daughter of singer Eros Ramazzotti and model/TV personality Michelle Hunziker
  • Aurora Rose Levesque (b. 2006)daughter of professional wrestlers Paul Michael "Triple H" Levesque and Stephanie McMahon

Aurora in Pop Culture

  • AuroraRoman goddess of the dawn
  • Aurora aka Briar Roseprincess in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and "Maleficent"
  • "Aurora Leigh" poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and its main character
  • Aurora Sinistracharacter in the Harry Potter series
  • Aurora (born JeanneMarie Beaubier), character in Marvel Comics
  • Aurora Ponce de Leonmain character on telenovela "Aurora"
  • Aurora "Roe" Teagardenmain character in mystery novels by Charlaine Harris
  • Aurora "Auri" JieLin O'Malley, main character in The Aurora Cycle series
  • Aurora Greenwaymain character in movie "Terms of Endearment"
  • Aurora Thymacharacter in "After London" (1885) by Richard Jefferies
  • Auroratalking telescope on animated series "Doc McStuffins"
  • Auroramain character in video game "Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy"
  • Aurora de Martelcharacter on TV series "The Originals"
  • Auroracharacter in musical "Kiss of the Spider Woman"
  • Aurora Lanecharacter from the movie "Passengers"
  • Aurora Luftcharacter from the TV series "X Company"
  • "Aurora" song by Bjork
  • "Aurora" song by Foo Fighters
  • Auroracharacter in video game "Paragon"
  • Auroramother of the main character in Rebecca Stead's "First Light"
  • Auroraa penguin villager from Animal Crossing

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