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Gender: Female Meaning of Norah: "woman of honor" Origin of Norah: Spelling variation of Nora, diminutive of Honora Norah's Popularity in 2017: #136

The name Norah is a girl's name meaning "woman of honor". Norah is ranked #136 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Girl Baby Names Moving Up Fast and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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The skyrocketing success of singer Norah Jones brought this spelling of the name onto the pop charts in 2003.

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Famous People Named Norah

Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Shankar), American singer-songwriter
Norah Morahan O’Donnell, American TV journalist
Norah O'Neill, American pilot
Norah Royce (Turner) Docker, Lady Docker, English socialite
Norah Margaret Ruth Cordner James, English novelist
Norah Irene Flatley, American gymnast
Norah Müller (b. 2004), daughter of Swiss footballer Patrick Müller
Norah Eaves (b. 2010), daughter of ice hockey player Patrick Eaves
Norah Smith (b. 2008), daughter of reality TV personality Matt Smith

Pop Culture References for the name Norah

Norah Silverberg, character in film "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"
Norah O'More, character in G. A. Henty's "Won by the Sword"
Norah Stoakes, character in "The Sky is Falling" by Kit Pearson


headintheclouds Says:


With -h ending names, I typically prefer the alternative spelling without the -h, like Sara>Sarah and Hanna>Hannah and Nora>Norah to me. But I've been slowly changing my mind-- now I think both variants are equally nice and simply just lend different vibes for all of those names. In this case, Nora seems lighter, airier and feistier, while Norah is more laid back, jazzy (thanks Norah Jones!) and homespun. The extra -h does weigh it down a bit more, but rather than make the name heavy or clunky, I feel it gives the name a bit more gravitas.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I am actually liking this now, but much prefer this spelling to Nora.

kertheshe Says:


Don't like neither 'Nora' nor 'Norah' (*badum tss*). They both sound very... 'rude' I guess, a little 'harsh'.

Nozomi Says:


Eli and Norah sound wonderful! I like the name Eli alot although Norah isn't my favorite I can respect and see the appeal people might have towards it :)

Michaela Says:


Sick to death of Nora/Norah. The 'h' doesn't help either.

scblovesnames Says:


Does anybody think this name sounds too soft with Eli. I've really liked Eli and Norah but I'm unsure about the sound. I like the H, just like I spell my name Sarah and not Sara.

eveyalecia Says:


I prefer this spelling to Nora-- the H makes it feel more substantial (in my personal opinion).

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


Why does it need the h at the end? Nora is fine without it, it's a cute name though!

jordalini Says:


I prefer Nora, but still cute

MaryKathryn Says:


Adore this name!