The name Nora is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "light". Nora is ranked #36 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
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 and now sits comfortably in the Top 50 at Number 36, its third all-time high in a row.
One of Nora's most prominent contemporary namesakes is the late witty writer Nora Ephron.
It can also be spelled Norah, as in Norah Jones.
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