Gender: Female Meaning of Aurora: "dawn" Origin of Aurora: Latin Aurora's Popularity in 2019: #40

Aurora Origin and Meaning

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

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 has consistently been on the popularity list since the nineteenth century, but is rising faster than ever and looks to climb even further. Aurora is a very popular girls’ name on Nameberry.

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.

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Rank in US: #40

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Famous People Named Aurora

Pop Culture References for the name Aurora

Zora, Rory, Rora, Orie, Ora, Zorica, Ori, Arora

Aurora's International Variations

Aurore (French)


Voltage Says:


Agreed. Plus, Aurelia is more unique.

Selkit Says:


Aurora is a lovely name, and I really think a lot of people here are over-emphasizing the Disney princess aspect. Sleeping Beauty came out in 1959. Trust me, none of your daughter's peers are going to have any idea that there was a film character with the same name. And even if they did, who cares? There's nothing wrong with liking Disney princesses.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I love this name but I HATE the nn Rory. Mainly because of Roary the Racing Car; the eponymous racing car was male.

Dev80 Says:


It's a beautiful name, one nickname I don't see mentioned in the list of 'Nicknames & Variations for Aurora' is Rue. Maybe it's just not a very common nickname? But it's the one I prefer.

amj Says:


Love this name, unfortunately husband is not a fan!

fearlessfirefly Says:


I love that! Aurora Delaney is gorgeous and cute.

fearlessfirefly Says:


Aurora means dawn...

fearlessfirefly Says:


I think Aurora Ashton sounds more feminine.

mirameirene Says:


I absolutely love this name! But if I were naming my daughter this, I would choose the more traditional spelling, Arowrhah.

Aurora_Dawn Says:


This is my first name, and I simply love it. I adore the double meanings of Aurora about light (dawn and the northern/southern lights), which for me symbolizes optimism and new beginnings. I wouldn’t change my name to anything else. Additionally, even though the name Aurora is obviously feminine, I can easily imagine a girl named Aurora pursuing traditionally male-dominated careers (such as technology). 100% recommend this name for any girl.

scblovesnames Says:


Really a charming name.

Sarina Cronin Says:


Aurora Rose was ALMOST our daughter's name, but the R heavy sound finally led us to Aurora Iris instead (plus, she's a rainbow baby).

Unz_189 Says:


Although Dawn is a lovely name Aurora is better because Aurora means Dawn and it look s more stabled.

ericakatherine Says:


Sounds like a dogs bark to me. A ROO ROO RA. I just hate the Ror-Rah, too similar. I like the princess association with it, though.

Annaaaa Says:


I love this name I always told myself when i was a Kid that if I ever got a daughter I would want to name her Aurora but now it’s been getting really popular so I’m having second thoughts on it.

LaulenaG Says:


It's pretty, but I absolutely hate the nickname Rory, especially for a girl. It's a no from me.

burg123 Says:


I love Rory as a nickname!

RoseFlower Says:


I'm trying to decide whether to call my little girl Aurora Ashton or Ashton Aurora. They are both such beautiful names that I definitely want to use both!

alleigh76 Says:


I know this is three years old, but as an Aurora, almost everyone I meet mentions aurora borealis (if I had a penny for every time I heard "Is your last name Borealis?"), and only a handful of people have ever mentioned Sleeping Beauty, so I think you're okay.

My nickname is Rory, but it's not one of those names where you'll inevitably be called that nickname whether you like it or not (like Jessica and Jess). I usually just go by Aurora, and not a single person who knows me as just that has ever called me anything else.

Violet_Rose Says:


Idk, I think Ariel is usable too, I've known a couple before they didn't seem to mind it

RoseGoldHeart Says:


So pretty!

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Surprisingly I love the R heavy combination Aurora Rose

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KaiLun Says:


I like Aurelia too! I like Aurora but I like Aurelia better.

Looooovenames Says:


So pretty! I wanted to use this name. It makes me think of the Northern Lights, Goddess of Sunshine, and Sleeping Beauty.

oliviamcdonald Says:


They spelled it backwards

scblovesnames Says:


Aurora is beautiful, I sometimes have secretly wished my mother had named me this because she also liked the name a lot. I could totally see myself with the name Aurora.

paulapuddephatt Says:


So beautiful

ladimon Says:


It looks beautiful and has beautiful connections, but I think it's quite difficult to say.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I like this name. One thing to take into consideration is its popularity because of Sleeping Beauty, but how many people actually know that this is her name. I didn't even know this was her name until most recently.

abertawe Says:


My guess is ow-ROR-a. Or at least that would be the Spanish pronunciation.

auroraelizabeth24 Says:


My names Aurora, and I have always loved my name. People do ask how to spell it, or they just spell it wrong. Some people have trouble pronouncing it, but even so I've always loved the fact that I had a unique name growing up. I didn't even meet another Aurora until I was in my last years of high school. I think that's why I have tried to give my kids unique name (not names that are not real, but names that are not used often).

Angela Says:


Love it!

Isabella Says:


If we have a baby girl this will definitely be her name! Does anyone have any middle name sugestions?

Louisa Says:


That is so dead on!

SimoneKadele Says:


I like the meaning and how it looks on the page, but I can't stand the sound. To me, it resembles one of those talking dog videos where the dogs whine "er rurv ur." :|

Megan Payne Says:


You never heard of Aurora borealis!? Aka northern lights!? Smh

Megan Payne Says:


Lol stop!! 😂😂😂😂

Megan Payne Says:


Wish I could hear the way you pronounce it

Megan Payne Says:


I named my daughter Aurora and everyone thinks I should give her a nickname and I couldn't agree with you more

Megan Payne Says:


Named my three month old baby girl Aurora and her middle name is dawn ❤️

Loveislife23 Says:


We pronounce the r very differently, it would ruin the beautiful sound of the name.

Ariana157 Says:


This is one of my favourite names but I don't care much for its popular nickname Rory/Rori .

berry_chick Says:


Why doesn't it work in your country?

Perci2 Says:


Brother for aurora would be lance shane

RoddyThlayli Says:


I don't dislike the name Aurora, but for some reason it just sounds sort of awkward to me. I'm not sure why. The Disney princess tie I would never have even known of if people hadn't mentioned it on here (I was never a princess-y child. I always gravitated towards the animal Disney movies like Bambi and Lady and the Tramp).

beeba Says:


My boyfriend really likes this name and wants use Aurora for a daughter. I like how it's connected to mythology, aurora borealis, and Disney.

Loveislife23 Says:


It won't work in my country, but it's a beautiful name regardless.

Zelliew Says:


Charming !

dogmayor Says:


might change my name to this. I am nervous about the hyperfemme vibes but the nickname Rory might help for my androgynous days

Momof2Davisgirls Says:


I am not crazy about it. Its a mouth full.

MelancholyMusic Says:


My favorite name :3 I love Aurora Lux!!

Aurora_Bunny Says:


Wow your Maltese puppies must have the cutest bark ever if it sounds like Aurora ;D

Aurora_Bunny Says:


Omg I'm seriously dying at this post xD

AuroraR Says:


My name is Aurora and sincerely it's a beautiful name and in my country(Italy) people pronounce it right,but I hate this name cuz no one that isn't italian or something pronounce it in the right way

MissKaris Says:


So pretty!! :3

Aurora Says:


That's so cute omg! My name's Aurora and they gave me the middle name "Delaney" -_-

Aurora Says:


As a child named Aurora myself, I can fully say that very few people in my SEVENTH GRADE CLASS can spell or pronounce it correctly. Even teachers spell my name "Arura" occasionally. There's a kid in sixth grade who's fist name is Jade and her middle name is Arorua. HER PARENTS SPELLED IT WRONG. FOR THEIR CHILD. Idk. Sorry for the rant lol

TheHumanCanvas Says:


I like Aurora, but is the connection with Sleeping Beauty too strong? Because I love its relation to Aurora Borealis, which is part of the reason I'd choose it - also it has a beautiful sound. I don't want anyone to think my hypothetical daughter is named after Sleeping Beauty though. That isn't why I would pick the name. I quite like Aura as a nickname, if I were to use a nickname at all.

headintheclouds Says:


It's a very princessy "destiny" sort of name, not the sort I typically gravitate towards, but I most definitely understand its great appeal. Aurora Borealis is a huge factor towards it likability, and Aurora sounds very ethereal, goddessy, princessy, everything towards that vein. Aura, Rora, Rory are nice nicknames. I personally have a hard time saying this name due to the closely-positioned r-sounds; whenever I say it, it sounds like "Au-woh-ra" instead of Au-ROR-a.

Margot_86 Says:


True. The only other ones that don't draw too much unwanted attention are Jasmine and Belle.

Kate Says:


Love this name, I named my baby girl Aurora Hope Elizabeth. :) :)

auroraelizabeth24 Says:


This is my name, and I've always loved it. I was also born when no one else had this name and I loved being the only one. I agree that it's beautiful, and if it wasn't my name already I would have named a daughter this.

DanielaBorges Says:


This is my all time favorite name for a girl. Hopefully I will have a daughter one day, and when I do her name will definitely be Aurora :)

Skyebelle Says:


This name is beautiful but it makes me think of the word areola which obviously ruins it for me :(

indiefendi2 Says:


This name really twists my tongue so I don't like it. I like Aurelia.

bananie21 Says:


I've loved this name since I was a little girl. One of my favorites.

Leah3456 Says:


I like the way this name looks when written down. It's kind of hard to say, too.

lynn_wentworth Says:


I loveeeee this name, especially with the nn Rory. It has such wonderful connotations. But its grown a bit too popular for my tastes.

Catastroffy Says:


I'm sorry, but I've never heard of the name outside of Sleeping Beauty, so to me it is just as bad as naming your daughter Cinderella.

Caroline Says:


Its difficult for a child to pronounce, I think. But I also agree that you could use a nickname like Rory. I am just tired of using disney princess names, the only disney name I like is Jasmine.

Missa410 Says:


Love the combination Aurora Maeve - the meanings combined are of beauty and strength. I'd probably call her Rory, at least until she could tell me she preferred otherwise :)

jeanniebear Says:


I really love this name!

Becki Evans Says:


I have named my 5week old daughter Aurora and call her Rori for short. I wanted something differnt

Manda Roseblade Says:


I could not have called my daughter anything else! She was born at dawn, the midwife was called Dawn and she had the most beautiful red hair. These factors supported my decision. I had come across the name [which had not been used in the UK since 1930]
in a science fiction story; the heroine was called 'Aurora Candleford' and she saved the world [of course!] I had NO idea of the use of the name in traditional stories; it was not widely used in the telling of 'Sleeping Beauty' pre Disney. I am happy to say that Aurora has always enjoyed her name and that it has been a useful identifier in her chosen work.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I'm surpsied at how popular this name is in New Zealand. It's in the top 100 at number 93.

Guest Says:


Wow i'm so proud of my mom for naming me Aurora. Couldn't have chosen a better name myself.

Zatania Gooden Says:


I have a 4 month old that I named Aurora Mary-Elizabeth. I call her Rory.... I love the name!

elkey Says:


Exactly this!

tal Says:


I honestly really like this name. I usually think it's a bad idea to name your girl after a princess like Ariel or Cinderella, but this name is just so beautiful! Rori/Rora as a nn would be great, too! :)

mabespark Says:


Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous.

AlexandrianScrolls Says:


Would make a beautiful sister to a Juliet or Julian.

lnxn09 Says:


Aurora is a gem. It's sweet and tough at the same time.

Guest Says:


I'll never like this name. It sounds like my Maltese puppy when she barks.

AnonymousPerson Says:


Quite nice, but it has too much of a connection to a Disney princess for my liking.

Chey_Rhose_Dell Says:


I really love the name Aurora Leigh...I had no idea it was a poem! But I still love this and also Avalon Grace.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Aurora is a beautiful name and a new favorite of mine. I don't fully tie it to the princess. Absolutely no nicknames should be used. It must shine in its full beauty. I don't like Aura at all, though.

raevynstar Says:


I applaud anyone who uses this name; I love the association of Aurora Borealis (the northern lights).

leonoras Says:


It's one of the few Disney names you can actually use for real, and a plain old beautiful name.

LadyVanRaven Says:


I wanted to change my name to this when I was younger. In fact I still wouldn't mind changing my name to this! It comes with connections to the beautiful Northern Lights, a Disney princess and a Roman Goddess. What more could a girl ask for? Only thing I am not crazy about is people shortening it to the boys name Rory. If one had to shorten Aurora, I would prefer Aura.

Azelea_Stone_ Says:


This name is beautiful!

Sorceress Says:


My favorite!