Flora Origin and Meaning

The name Flora is a girl's name of Scottish, Latin origin meaning "flower".

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. Florence, Fiorella, Fleur, and Flower are translations, but we like Flora best of all.

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 the Isle of Skye. In Gaelic, her name was Fionnghal nic Dhòmhnaill, but the Anglicized Flora caught on with the Scots, who used it disproportionately compared to the rest of the UK until the 20th century.

Flora was a Top 100 name in the 1880s and 1890s but gradually descended until it finally fell off the list in 1972. It is still popular in some European countries, including Hungary and 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.

# 726 in the US

Flora Rank in US Top 1000

# 68 on Nameberry

Flora Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Flora Popularity

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Famous People Named Flora

  • Flora McKenzie RobsonEnglish actress
  • Flora Payne WhitneyAmerican socialite; member of the Vanderbilt family
  • Flora Call Disneymother of Walt Disney
  • Flora May Augusta Flannaganbirth name of Florrie Forde, Australian pop singer
  • Flora ZuzoriRagusan (Croatian) poet
  • Flora PurimBrazilian jazz singer
  • Flora Macdonald ReidBritish painter
  • Flora Anne Selina MontgomeryNorthern Irish actress
  • Flora CarabellaItalian actress
  • Flora CoquerelMiss France Universe 2015
  • Flora Chan (Waishan), Hong Kong actress
  • Flora Keays (b. 1993)daughter of British politician Cecil Parkinson
  • Flora Nolan (b. 2001)daughter of director Christopher Nolan and producer Emma Thomas
  • Flora Solano (b. 2010)daughter of actor Mateus Solano
  • Flora Jibson (b. 2012)daughter of actors Michael Jibson and Caroline Sheen
  • Flora Oosterhouse (b. 2016)daughter of actress Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse

Flora in Pop Culture

  • Flora Postemain character in Stella Gibsons's "Cold Comfort Farm"
  • Floracharacter in "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James
  • Floraa member of "Winx Club"
  • Floraone of the three Good Fairies in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty"
  • Florabrand of margarine/spread in the UK
  • Flora Gilchristcharacter in the movie "St Ives"
  • Flora Wentworthone of the 12 sisters in the book "Entwined" by Heather Dixon
  • Flora MacIvorcharacter in Walter Scott's 1814 novel "Waverley"
  • Flora Northropcharacter in the "Main Street" series by Ann M. Martin
  • Flora Finchingcharacter in "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens
  • Flora Reinholdcharacter in Professor Layton video game
  • Flora Habstatcharacter in The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler
  • Floracharacter from the video game "Fire Emblem Fates"

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