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Gender: Female Meaning of Nora: "light" Origin of Nora: Irish, diminutive of Honora, or Greek Nora's Popularity in 2017: #28

The name Nora is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "light". Nora is ranked #28 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change One Letter".

From the experts:

Nora is a lovely, refined name that conjures up images of Belle Epoch ladies in fur-trimmed coats skating in Central Park, the independent Ibsen heroine of A Doll's House, and the female half of the witty Nick and Nora Charles duo, adding up to a most desirable choice.

Nora—long seen as a quintessentially Irish name—is a quietly stylish favorite tiptoeing up the popularity ladder.

One of Nora's most prominent contemporary namesakes is the late witty writer Nora Ephron. Nora Durst was a character on the HBO show The Leftovers.

It can also be spelled Norah, as in Norah Jones.

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Famous People Named Nora

Nora Ephron, American film director/producer
Eleanor Marie "Nora" Roberts, American novelist
Nora Louise Kuzma, birth name of American actress Traci Lords
Nora Eddington, American actress; wife of actor Errol Flynn
Nora Istrefi, Albanian Kosovar singer
Nora Alicia Oritz Salinas, Mexican actress
Nora Miao, Hong Kong actress
Nora Connolly O'Brien, Irish author and Senator
Nora Barnacle, wife and muse of novelist James Joyce
Nora Lee Guthrie, daughter of singer Woody Guthrie
Nora Arnezeder, French actress
Nora Jansen, inspiration for Alex Vause on TV's "Orange is the New Black"
Nora Lum aka Awkwafina, American rapper
Nora Angela Zehetner, American actress
Nora Volkow, Mexican-American psychiatrist; great-granddaughter of Soviet leader Leon Trotsky
Nora Aunor (born Nora Cabaltera Villamayor), Filipina actress
Nora Kirkpatrick, American actress and musician
Nora Eloise Dunn, American actress/comedienne
Norberta Elisabeth Maria Assunta Josefine Georgine et omnes sancti "Nora," Princess of Liechtenstein, Dowager Marquesa de Mariño
Nora Hewitt, makeup artist and winner of Season 9 of "Face Off"
Nora Ellis (b. 2004), daughter of actor Tom Ellis
Nora Edman (b. 2008), daughter of footballer Erik Edman
Nora Torres (b. 2009), daughter of Spanish footballer Fernando Torres
Nora Kara Kennedy (b. 2013), daughter of American politician Patrick Kennedy
Nora Holroyd (b. 2015), daughter of actors Allison Munn and Scott Holroyd
Nora Elizabeth Egan (b. 2016), daughter of TV chef Kelsey Nixon and Robby Egan

Pop Culture References for the name Nora

Nora, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Nora Allen, character in DC Universe
Nora Fries, character in DC Universe
Nora Arnold, character in Enid Blyton's Secret Series
Nora Baker, eldest child in the "Cheaper by the Dozen" films
Nora Braverman, character on TV's "Parenthood"
Nora Charles, main character in "The Thin Man" movies
Nora Clark, character in movie "Step Up"
Nora Clayton, character on TV's "Revolution"
Nora Dearly, character in "Dearly, Departed" series by Lia Habel
Nora Estheim, minor character in video game "Final Fantasy XIII"
Nora Gainesborough, character on TV series 'True Blood'
Nora Graham, character in "Ballet Teacher" by Lee Wyndham
Nora Grey, character in the "Hush Hush" saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
Nora Helmer, character in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"
Nora Montgomery, character on TV's "American Horror Story"
Nora Sergeant, character on TV's "Being Human"
Nora Thunderman, character on animated series "The Thundermans"
Nora Valkyrie, character voiced by Samantha Ireland on web series "RWBY"
Nora Walker, main character on TV's "Brothers and Sisters"
Nora Hildegard, character on TV series "The Vampire Diaries"
Nora, character in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Nora, character in the anime "Noragami"
Nora, baby polar bear at the Columbus Zoo, named after a combination of her parents' names, Nanuq and Aurora
Nora, character in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
Nora, character in novel "The Nest"
Nora Martinez, character in film "The Strain"
The Nora, a society in the video game "Horizon Zero Dawn"
Nora Césaire, character in the animated series "Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir"

Norra, Norina, Norah, Norine, Norline, Norie

Nora's International Variations

Niall (Israeli) Noreena, Noreen (Irish) Noora (Finnish) Norlene (Scottish) Norita (Spanish)