Dora Origin and Meaning

The name Dora is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift".

Dora is poised for a comeback, right behind Laura, Nora, Cora, and Flora. First-time parents who haven't watched cartoons in a couple of decades should be aware of the Dora the Explorer connection, which has its pluses and minuses.

Dora became popular during the Victorian era largely via Dora Spenlow, the "child-wife of Dickens's David Copperfield. Two noted real-life bearers were Dora Maar (born Henriette), a Picasso model and muse, and Dora Carrington, a British painter who was a member of the Bloomsbury Group. The name suffered a bit of a setback from being the title of the long-running comic strip, Dumb Dora..

While Dora can stand on its own, it can also be short for Dorothea, Dorothy, or Theodora. Dory is a cute diminutive.

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Dora Popularity

Famous People Named Dora

  • Dora May BryanEnglish actress and comedienne
  • Dora GaitskellBaroness Gaitskell, British politician
  • Dora PejačevićCroatian composer
  • Dora MeesonAustralian painter
  • Dora Mavor MooreCanadian actress
  • Dora Maar (born Henriette Theodora Markovitch)French painter and muse of Picasso
  • Dora de Houghton CarringtonEnglish painter
  • Dora AnastasiouMiss Cyprus 2007
  • Dora AltmannGerman actress
  • DoraCountess Russell, British feminist author; wife of philosopher Bertrand Russell
  • Dora Petrova GabeBulgarian poet
  • Theodora "Dora" BakoyannisGreek politician
  • Dorothy "Dora" Wordsworthdaughter of poet William Wordsworth

Dora in Pop Culture

  • Dora Marquezmain character in animated series "Dora the Explorer"
  • Dora Winifred "D.W." Reeda main character in the Arthur series
  • Doracharacter in Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield"
  • Dick and Doramain characters in a series of British primary (elementary) school reading textbooks
  • 'Doomsday' Dora Pettycharacter on animated series Sparticle Mystery
  • Dora Laceycharacter in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton; twin sister Daphne