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Zora

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Gender: Female Meaning of Zora: "dawn" Origin of Zora: Serbo-Croatioan

The name Zora is a girl's name of Arabic, Slavic, African origin meaning "dawn". Zora and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Outlandish this-or-that [girls]".

From the experts:

Zora is a meaningful literary heroine name honoring Zora Neale Hurston, an important black writer and leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

Spelled Zorah, it is a biblical place name, and is also the name of a character in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta Ruddigore.

Fairly well used from the 1880s until 1940, Zora reached a high of Number 293 in 1885. Before you choose this name, however, you should know that the Spanish word zorra means the kind of woman you would never want your daughter to grow up to be.

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Famous People Named Zora

Zora Neale Hurston, American novelist
Zora Andrich, American model and actress
Zora Cross, Australian poet and author
Zora Dirnbach, Croatian writer
Izora "Zora" Fair, American Civil War spy
Zora Jandová, Czech singer and actress
Zora Kerova, Czech actress
Zora Kostková, Czech actress
Zora Mintalová, Zubercová - Slovakian ethnographer, historian and museologist
Zora Petrović, Serbian painter
Zora Tavčar, Slovene writer, essayist and translator
Zora Vesecká, Czech actress
Zora Wolfová, Czech translator
Zora Young, American singer
Zorka Janů, Czech actress, sister of Lída Baarová
Zora Arkus-Duntov, Belgian-American male engineer

Pop Culture References for the name Zora

Zora Lancaster, character from "Sonny with a Chance"
Zora December, countess from "The Jewel of the Kalderash"
The Zora, race of aquatic people in "Legend of Zelda" series
Zora Rothstein, character from "Star of Babylon"
Zora la Vampira, Italian comic book erotic character
Zora, character in the "Powers" comics
Zorra, Spanish word meaning literally "vixen"

Zorine, Zorana, Zorina, Zorah, Zorrah, Zorra, Zorya

Comments

helicoptero Says:

2016-01-13T23:06:14

Also, I knew a little girl with this name and not only did "zorra" never cross my mind, but both she and her name were lovely!

helicoptero Says:

2016-01-13T23:05:20

I don't get the big deal about Zora/zorra. In Spanish, the /r/ is pronounced differently anyway, and double <rr> is pronounced yet differently (trilled). I don't think a Spanish speaker would confuse the two and it seems like a pretty weak sauce taunt if someone chose to make fun of it.

Guest Says:

2014-07-15T02:36:20

If the opportunity presents itself ignorant people are gonna take it is all I'm saying. But we know better than to call people out of their name. :)

alexandramae Says:

2014-07-15T01:56:11

Right, but is it my job to take away the opportunity or is it the other person's/parent's job to learn and teach respect and decency? Any name can be twisted into something "bad." Having sex isn't bad so being a "slut" isn't bad. Being a "b****" isn't bad (though, the term is misogynistic). Being "easy" isn't bad, either. I don't want someone telling me what I don't want my daughter to grow up to be/do. It's not appropriate.

Guest Says:

2014-07-15T01:12:39

I'm not saying sex is bad, I'm saying no one wants to be called names just because of their sex lives and stuff like that. I knew a girl named Loretta and she got called Whoretta (which is so rude), no one wants their name to be twisted into something bad, that kinda thing.

alexandramae Says:

2014-07-15T00:17:06

Not necessarily. I have spanish speaking relatives and I would hope that if I ever chose to name my daughter something like this, they wouldn't call her names. Especially woman shaming ones. I intend to raise daughters and sons who know that consensual sex is always okay, no matter how many partners you've had or how long you've known them. Don't warn me that I won't want my daughter to grow up to be a "slut" and make sex out to be something bad.

kitchi1 Says:

2014-07-06T19:36:16

Well the "zorra" part sucks. This is a pretty and dark, mysterious, medieval-sounding name.

HatGirl Says:

2014-07-06T18:38:24

sounds to much like dora.

Guest Says:

2014-06-28T13:53:02

but the baby will grow up to be a woman called "puta". They're just warning.

alexandramae Says:

2014-06-28T13:26:20

I'm offended by the "zorra" comment. Can we not slut shame on a BABY name site?