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Honora

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Gender: Female Meaning of Honora: "woman of honor" Origin of Honora: Latin

The name Honora is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "woman of honor". Honora and is often added to lists like Cool Girls' Names—Rare, Unique and Unusual and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

Honora and Honoria are two ways of softening the severity of Honor, while retaining its righteous meaning. They were predominant until the Reformation, when the Puritans adopted the abstract virtue names, and were introduced to Britain by the Normans.

Honoria Blake is a character in the Dickens novel Bleak House.

The Irish form of the name is Onora. A variant spelling is Honorah.

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Famous People Named Honora

Honora "Nano" Nagle, Irish nun and eduactor
Honora Sneyd, English feminist author and educator
Honora Burke, Irish noblewoman

Pop Culture References for the name Honora

Honora Parker, character in 1994 film "Heavenly Creatures"

Comments

SoDallas3 Says:

2018-03-10T03:10:18

My great grandmother (four generations back) was Honora and came from Ireland. I love the name and while I have thought of using Annora, it kind of feels like another name being corrupted for the English language, I have heard that also do pronounce the "H-" in Ireland. This name goes back to 1346 or earlier. It's beautiful and feminine. I love it!

Sylviefleur Says:

2017-08-23T15:32:52

I completely agree with you

choosejoytoday Says:

2017-08-08T03:23:32

My coworker pronounces her name Huh (sort of like a sigh) nora, She loves her name!

indiefendi2 Says:

2016-12-09T20:56:20

THIS is a gorgeous name. It's sounds classic but it's also timeless. And very pretty.

pam Says:

2016-07-14T19:52:15

Yes, the latter: ah-NOR-ah

abertawe Says:

2016-07-14T16:26:18

My guess is the latter

Eleri Gwenllian Says:

2016-05-12T10:39:41

Pretty and less fussy than Honoria

EmmaMay Says:

2016-03-11T03:58:29

The Bleak House character is actually Honoria Dedlock (nee Barbary)... I see I am not the only Dickens fan who noticed this.

Sky McLin Says:

2016-02-07T21:54:40

(ə-NOR-ē-ə)

P. G. Wodehouse had a recurring character called Honoria Glossop in several of the Jeeves and Wooster stories. She was a big athletic woman with a horsey laugh to whom Bertie Wooster found himself engaged quite a few times.
Now that I think of it, the works of Wodehouse are a treasure trove of those "dignified / seldom used today / but with legitimate pedigrees" type of names for which many on this site are probably hunting. Heck, Wodehouse's own initials stand for "Pelham Grenville!"

kertheshe Says:

2016-01-04T11:16:21

Too many '-uh's. Sounds like one's nose is blocked when they say it.

PeanutButterCupsandEdwardontop Says:

2015-12-31T22:19:24

NOTE: Just for my bookworm piece-of-mind, In 'Bleak House' by Dickens, the name of one of the main characters was HONORIA BARBARY. I don't know where Blake came from!!

hdees91 Says:

2015-10-16T14:41:00

We named our daughter Honora and we have gotten a lot of compliments. But Some people are confused by its pronunciation when seen written. We pronounce it Ah-Nora.

Essa Says:

2015-01-24T11:41:28

On-uh-ruh (like the word Honor with an a on the end) or On-or-uh (with extra emphasis on the second syllable like it has the name Nora in it?

LadyVanRaven Says:

2014-03-08T12:25:24

Usually I don't like simpler spellings of names but for this one I do prefer Annora. I feel like with Honora people would not pronounce it correctly (unless I am mistaken on how to pronounce it). When I first saw Honora I wanted to say honor (like the word) with ah at the end. But as I understand it is supposed to be pronounced Ah-nora. I'm sure it's not *that* big of a deal but just thought I'd put that out there...