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Gender: Female Meaning of Cora: "maiden" Origin of Cora: Greek Cora's Popularity in 2017: #83

The name Cora is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "maiden". Cora is ranked #83 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".

From the experts:

Cora is a lovely, old-fashioned girls' name -- Cora was a daughter of Zeus and Cora Munro is the heroine of The Last of the Mohicans -- that has been recently rejuvenated and strengthened by its contemporary-feeling simplicity.

Though she has never been completely out of favor, Cora has had her ups and downs. A Top 20 name in the 1880's, she had sunk to Number 876 in 1988, but has gradually come back into style, with every indication that she will continue to rise in popularity. A current inspiration is the appealing American-born Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.

In classical mythology, Cora--or Kore-- was a euphemistic name of Persephone, goddess of fertility and the underworld.

While a complete name unto itself, some parents who love Cora may want to use it as a short form for such names as Cordelia or Coraline. Cora's fashionable sisters include Clara, Nora, Corinne, Corinna and Coralie.

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Famous People Named Cora

(Mary) Cora Urquhart Brown-Potter, American stage actress
Cora Corre, English model; granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood
Cora Emmanuel, French model
Cora Lijek, American ambassador held hostage in Iran
Anna Cora Mowatt, American novelist/playwright/actress
Cora Pearl (born Emma Elizabeth Crouch), English-French courtesan
Cora Sandel (born Sara Cecilia Görvell Fabricius), Norwegian novelist
Cora Walton, birth name of Koko Taylor, American gospel singer
Cora Alice Du Bois, American cultural anthropologist
Cora Miao, Chinese actress
Sexy Cora (born Carolin Ebert), German adult film actress
Cora Coralina (born Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto), Brazilian poet
Cora Combs, American pro wrestler
Cora Lodencia Veronica Scott, American spiritualist
Cora Smith Eaton, American suffragist
Cora Sue Collins, American child actress
Cora Alvillar, YouTube makeup artist
Cora Eisenberg, American puppeteer with husband Bil Baird
Cora Jakes Coleman (b. 1988), daughter of televangelist T.D. Jakes
Cora Kathryn Ann Altman, daughter of Robert Reed Altman; granddaughter of director Robert Altman
Cora Barucha Polis Reis (b. 2014), daughter of U.S. Congressman Jared Polis
Cora Atwood (b. 2017), daughter of Youtube stars Roman Atwood and Brittney Smith

Pop Culture References for the name Cora

Cora, the Maiden, epithet for the goddess Persephone, modern version of ancient greek Korē
Cora Munro, character in James Fenimore Cooper's "Last of the Mohicans"
Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
Cora Hale, character on MTV's "Teen Wolf"
Cora Simmons-Brown, character in film "Meet the Browns"
Cora, Regina's mother on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Cora Cross, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Cora Ryan, character in film Age of Consent (1969)
Cora, wife of Vernon Tull in As I Lay Dying (1930) by William Faulkner
Cora Jenkins, main character in Langston Hughes' "Cora Unashamed"
Cora, the turned-evil sister of Stella in the Disney series, "Star Darlings"
Cora, Canadian restaurant breakfast food chain
"Cora," opera by Étienne Méhul
Cora, young girl in steerage in film "Titanic"
Cora Bell, character in "The Friday Society"
Quorra, character in film "Tron"
Cora Veralux, character in the movie "Ratchet & Clank"
Cora Harper, character in the game "Mass Effect: Andromeda"
Cora, means "hearts" in Latin
Cora Mason, character in "The Cage" series by Megan Shepherd
Cora King, main character in the ebook "Cora" by Relina Skye
Princess Cora,a character from Sofia the First
Cora means Mermaid,Crown
Cora Tannetti, main character from "The Sinner"


TechnoKitten Says:


i like it short simple and cute

namergamer151 Says:


People can have opinions...i'm not an awful person if I express my opinion about a name and the opinion isn't the same as yours or someone else's

namergamer151 Says:


Agree 100%

namergamer151 Says:


People are allowed to have opinions...just because they dislike a name that you like, it doesn't make their preference inferior to yours. People shouldn't be banned from commening just because their opinion conflicts with yours.

namergamer151 Says:


Honestly I really dislike this name. To me it sounds old and heavy. It makes me think of fog so thick you can barely see a your hands in front of you. The same goes for longer versions like Coralie, Cordelia and Coraline.

Beth Says:


i love the name Cora

kroneland Says:


Every time I see this name I hear Rumplestiltskin saying "Cora? That's not very pretty, is it? It sounds like something breaking." I have no idea why that line has stuck with me so much but it has. That combined with how awful Cora was a person just completely ruined this name for me.

jevohh Says:


*sigh* The name of a tampon company now.

RoseFlower Says:


A beautiful name. I'm going to use it as a middle name for my daughter; Ashton Cora <3

burg123 Says:


I like this name, but it reminds me of an apple core for some reason😂

myfriendsarefurry Says:


Because the story about persephone being called cora is modernly made up.

myfriendsarefurry Says:


Dont believe everything you read on wikipedia. Ancient Greek men used Kor/kora/kori etc as slang for the young boys they found attractive.

Daiseymae Says:


Your name is gorgeous!

Daiseymae Says:


I think that is one of the reasons that it came back in style.

Mhill46 Says:


"Am I clear?" 😂😂😂 Who made you queen of the internet sweetie?

King.Cleo Says:


I just wanted to give my take on having this name growing up. As a child kids couldn'r pronounce or spell it. I hated it and wanted to change it since kindergarten. As time went on I continued to hate it and eventually changed my name (partially because I hate the name, partially because I'm /quite/ trans). It's got a nice meaning and a good history but as a kid amungst Hannahs and Aidens it was jarring. My best friends from pre-k through 8th grade gave me notes addressed to Kora/Korra/Qura/etc. The only reason I was even named Cora was my maternal grandmother. Sweet idea but in all honesty it's kind of uncomfortable being named after a woman that's been the laughingstock of the entire family.

NameLover 11 Says:


I used to like it, but Once Upon a Time ruined it for e.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name that I have always loved

CK Says:


I love the name Cora <3 Coraline reminds me of the movie Coraline that I enjoyed.

Amber.E97 Says:


I like Cora as a nickname for Cordelia or Coraline

-EagleEyes- Says:


I love this name!

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


That makes me like it even more XD

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


Clunky is in

QuxxnAphrosephone Says:


I love this name so much!

gummybear0724 Says:


It sounds clunky and reminds me of Gore.

gummybear0724 Says:


I know. It's so clunky IMO.

Skyblueandblack Says:


The "am I clear" keeps
Making me laugh.

autumnreverie Says:


This has become one of my favorite names. I can't decide if I prefer it on its own with the meaning of "heart" or as a shortened form of Coralie/Coralia.

EW314 Says:


Lovely, sweet, elegant name. I know a lovely Cora and she wears it really well at 23. In my opinion, just Cora is the prettiest variant. Coralie, Coraline and the like just feel overdone. I feel the same way about Rose/Rosa vs Rosalyn or Rosalie - so often, less is more.

autumnreverie Says:


I fluctuate between liking it on its own and preferring it as a nickname for a longer name, like Coralie.

autumnreverie Says:


Um, welcome to the Internet and a public forum?

caetano Says:


Simply stunning.

Zelliew Says:


It much prefer Laura

headintheclouds Says:


Lovely, soft, vintage, ethereal. Cora is also short and sweet at two syllables, but has a strong impression. I personally would use Cora as a nickname to a longer name like Cordelia because I like >3-syllable formal names, but Cora on its own is stunning.

Rush1986 Says:


I think this a gorgeous name for a lady of any age.

batman Says:


I completely agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

larkspur83 Says:


Cora is a gorgeous name! Abby over at Appellation Mountain has a great write up for anyone interesting in learning more about the history of Cora.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like the name Cora.

Hydra Says:


Well, in mythology it was simply Kore, and it wasn't Persephone's real name, so I think it counts.

Bobcat108 Says:


So Cooper invented the name by changing the K to a C...not sure if that qualifies as inventing a name in my book. : )

blondebett1224 Says:


Because it is spelled "Kore/Kora" in Greek mythology, and a pseudonym for Persephone.

Bobcat108 Says:


Hmm. If Cora was a daughter of Zeus, then I don't see how Cooper could have invented the name for his heroine, as Greek mythology predates Cooper by a good bit.

Christina507 Says:


Such a sweet name. It also reminds me of Corazón which means heart in Spanish. ❤️

LittleGypsy Says:


I think Cora's a beautiful name :) It makes me think of the little Titanic girl.

Daiseymae Says:


Good choice.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


This is a comment section, you can't expect every comment to be positive. Some people like certain names that others don't like, you just can't take it personally.

coraelizabeth Says:


i love my name!!!!!

lucydorado Says:


If you dont have a nice thing to say just dont say it and keep it to your self. Am I clear.

lucydorado Says:


I always thought my name was ridiculous but all these comments made me love my name and if you hate a name don’t say it keep it to your self so you don’t hurt other peoples feelings.I love my name...

Fiona Says:


I really like this name, I wish my mom did too :/ First heard it on Downton

lucyldridge Says:


we named our October '14 baby Cora, and it turns out it was a family name on both sides :)



My name is Cora and i love it!!!!!

Guest Says:


I don't understand the reason this name is so popular. It doesn't sound pretty IMO.

Daiseymae Says:


It is a beautiful name.

CoraElizabeth Says:


I'm so glad this name is growing in popularity! Growing up with such an uncommon name was interesting and I always thought Cora was such a darling name.

BeaSobreira Says:


I was wondering if you could add this name to the poet section. In Brazil we had a very famous writer and poet called Cora Coralina! Thanx!

Guest Says:


I used to think this name was weird but I love it and Coraline.

ladybug99 Says:


Love this name! Would it work as a nickname for Caroline?

Miranda082 Says:


Literally just watched Downton Abbey yesterday, such a classic name with a modern day touch.