French variation of Tziporah, Hebrew

Sephora Origin and Meaning

The name Sephora is girl's name meaning "bird".
This lovely name is a softened French version of Tziporah, the biblical wife of Moses. Unfortunately, in the US, it's become attached to the cosmetics franchise.

The brand Sephora claims to have gotten its name “by blending the Biblical name of Zipporah (Moses’ exceptionally beautiful wife) with the ancient Greek term for 'pretty,' sephos.” Sephos, however, is not a word, nor is Sephora a blend with anything else — it is a very real variation of Tziporah.

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Sephora in Pop Culture

  • Sephoracosmetics retail chain
  • Sephorawife of Moses in Cecil B. DeMille's epic film The Ten Commandments (1956)
  • Sefforaspelling used in the Latin Bible