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Gender: Female Meaning of Dora: "gift" Origin of Dora: Greek

The name Dora is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "gift". Dora and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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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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Famous People Named Dora

Dora May Bryan, English actress and comedienne
Dora Gaitskell, Baroness Gaitskell, British politician
Dora Pejačević, Croatian composer
Dora Meeson, Australian painter
Dora Mavor Moore, Canadian actress
Dora Maar (born Henriette Theodora Markovitch), French painter and muse of Picasso
Dora de Houghton Carrington, English painter
Dora Anastasiou, Miss Cyprus 2007
Dora Altmann, German actress
Dora, Countess Russell, British feminist author; wife of philosopher Bertrand Russell
Dora Petrova Gabe, Bulgarian poet
Theodora "Dora" Bakoyannis, Greek politician
Dorothy "Dora" Wordsworth, daughter of poet William Wordsworth

Pop Culture References for the name Dora

Dora Marquez, main character in animated series "Dora the Explorer"
Dora Winifred "D.W." Reed, a main character in the Arthur series
Dora, character in Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield"
Dick and Dora, main characters in a series of British primary (elementary) school reading textbooks
'Doomsday' Dora Petty, character on animated series Sparticle Mystery
Dora Lacey, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton; twin sister Daphne

Dory, Doro, Dorah