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Gender: Female Meaning of Aura: "soft breeze" Origin of Aura: Greek

The name Aura is a girl's name meaning "soft breeze". Aura and is often added to lists like Goddess Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Three Strikes, You're Out -- Girls".

From the experts:

Aura has an otherworldly, slightly New Age-y glow, but is beginning to sound more more like a legitimate name. In Greek mythology, Aura was the Titan of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. But at odds with her peaceful, well, aura, the mythological Aura is a tragic figure, ultimately transformed into a fountain by Zeus.

At the end of the nineteenth century, Aura was not that unusual: she reached Number 511 on the Social Security list in 1882. Princess Aura was a character in the old comic strip Flash Gordon.

Aura is currently popular in some areas of Central America.

Aura alternatives for those who like the name's sound but want to temper the spiritual feel: Auria, Aurora, Aurelia.

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Famous People Named Aura

Aura Dione, Danish pop singer
Aura Lewis, South African reggae singer

Pop Culture References for the name Aura

Aura Salvatore, character in Jeri Smith-Ready's Shade Trilogy
Aurra Sing, a bounty hunter in Star Wars series
Princess Aura, a character in Flash Gordon series
Aura, main character in the film "Tiny Furniture"
Aura, character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Aura, spirit in the Seiken Densetsu series
Aura Blackquill, character in 'Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Duel Destinies'
"Aura," novel by Carlos Fuentes
"Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai," a light novel and anime
"Aura", album by British rock band Asia
"Aura," song by Lady Gaga
Aura, cigarette brand
Aura Stannist, a character in the Ziva Payvan series written by EJ Fisch
AURA was the Titan goddess of the breeze and the fresh, cool air of early morning. She was a virgin-huntress who was excessively proud of her maidenhood. In her hubris she dared to compare her body with that of the goddess Artemis, claiming that the goddess was too womanly in form to be a true virgin. Artemis sought out Nemesis (Retribution) to avenge her dignity, and as punishment, Aura suffered rape at the hands of Dionysos. This crime drove her to madness and in her fury she became a ruthless, slayer of men. When her twin sons were born, Aura swallowed one whole, whilst the second was snatched to safety by Artemis. Zeus then transformed her into a stream (or perhaps her namesake breeze "aura").

Aure, Aurea, Oria, Auria


Dietrich Says:


This is NOT a German name!

autumnreverie Says:


Or-uh or are-uh?

Daiseymae Says:


My husband's great-aunt, who just passed away, was named Aura. I always thought that it was nice and unusual name. She pronounced it Or-ah too, and she was from Colombia.

indiefendi2 Says:


This hippie thing is just going too far.

ElsaAnne Says:


I love this as a nickname for Aurora.

ChantilleElla Says:


I absolutely love this, but I feel like an Aura would introduce herself and people would say "Hi Laura!" My sister is called Emeline, and every single time she introduces herself people adress her as "Emily". This is a gorgeous name but far too similar in sound to Laura I think.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Really lovely name, but I can't get past the myth (read under pop culture references to see what I mean).

Alicia1 Says:


I sure love this name!

vintageluvs Says:


Didn't think this was a name, but it sounds very Zen to me. In the twenty-first century, it is a very usable name. It could work, and most people know how to pronounce Aura, so thats a non-issue. Could be beautiful. I sort of like it, actually.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Isn't an aura a glow of colour around a person? I like this name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Since many people love this name, I won't bash it but I have good say that I am not a fan of Aura. It's v just not my taste and has less than happy associations. But I do like Aurora.

Myosotis Says:


I love Aura (or-ah)! I love pretty much all names with an -ora ending, and that's one reason for my love for my favourite girls name; Pandora. I'm hoping if I have a daughter called Pandora (in the distant future) and she wants to go by a nn, she'll go by Aura (Ora would make more sense, but I hate the spelling).

Aura Nava Says:


After 20 years of living with this name, I must say I do really love it! I don't ever get tired of people complimenting my name, because it really is a beautiful name. Any child would be lucky to have a name like Aura. I pronounce it like Or-Ah as in Laura without the L; i feel like the other pronunciation Ar-Ah (like Lara without the L) sounds pretentious, as if you're trying way too hard to make your kid different. Aura (Or-Ah) is different enough without sounding stuck up

faithnamer Says:


I really like this name. My family is very spiritual, so this would be a good way to tie in to that.