Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Nora

The name Nora developed mainly as a pet form for the name Honora. Honora is from the Latin name Honorius meaning ‘honor.’ The name Honora became so popular in Ireland (rendered in the Irish as Onóra) that many people assumed it was an Irish name. Noreen, for example, originated from the name Nora by adding the Irish diminutive marker “-ín” so it means ‘little honorable one.’ Honoré has been a virtue name in use in France since at least the 17th century. The name Nora developed on the British Isles and has been in use since modern times. We can mainly thank the Irish for popularizing the name.

All About the Baby Name – Nora

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME NORA

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME NORA

The height of Nora’s popularity was at the end of the 19th century. From 1900 onward, the name quietly declined in usage for 100 arduous, slow years. Nora’s low point came in the year 2000 when it was ranked about 500th place on the naming charts and given to only a couple hundred baby girls that year. But it doesn’t linger at its depths for long. The name has managed to advance almost 350 positions on the charts in 10 short years. It increased 100 places in one year alone (2003) which happens to be the year that Hurricane Nora hit Mexico. That was one stormy year for Nora! Today, Nora is experiencing a mini-comeback like many of the popular names from the turn of the 20th century. Its revival is not quite as dramatic as Emma, Ella, Lillian, Lucy or Evelyn. But it’s also not ignored like Ethel, Gladys, Agnes or Mildred. Rather, Nora is more akin to the “medium” popular old-fashioned names like Ruby, Alice, Eleanor and Vivian. Since this group of “old-lady” names is not as popular, they’re not as trendy and overused either – this could be considered a good thing for some American parents. Nora is unpretentious and simple; a downright “honorable” choice.

Quick Facts

ON NORA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

83

PRONUNCIATION:

NOHR-ah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Honorable

Characteristics

OF NORA

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Nora

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME NORA

Nora is the protagonist of Dashiell Hammett’s sophisticated 1934 novel, The Thin Man, and she is indelibly entwined with the image of the incomparable Myrna Loy, who portrayed her in the movies of the thirties and forties. No “doll-wife” she – she is witty, urbane and beautiful and goes toe to toe with her adoring husband, Nick, on any and all issues imaginable. Seemingly able to eschew housework and cooking entirely (oh, where are those devoted servants of yesteryear?!), Nora spends all her time sleuthing in fashionable outfits, usually with a drink in one hand and her dog Asta’s leash in the other. At some point in the series she becomes a mother, but this puts nary a wrinkle in her finely tuned activities. She simply hands the boy over to Nick, who promptly tutors him in the fine art of racetrack betting.

Nora is the protagonist of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 play, A Doll’s House, and she is one of the most important female characters ever created. She embodies the personification of the 19th century woman of a certain class, a woman who adopted first her father’s views, and then her husband’s, as her own. A woman who is more plaything than mate, whose sole preoccupations must be with housekeeping and childrearing. Hmmm…perhaps she did not only exist in the 19th century, but also in the twentieth, and dare we suggest, into the twenty-first? As the plot unfolds, Nora comes to realize her true worth to her husband, and the only solution available to her is to leave him to find herself. (That she leaves her children as well has always been a problematic issue with this play.) She signaled a new path for women for decades to come, exhibiting a courage that was hard won, and providing inspiration for generations to come.

Popular Songs

ON NORA

Nora
a song by Blessid Union of Souls

Nora Marie
a song by Tyler Hilton

Famous People

NAMED NORA

Nora Dunn (SNL cast member)
Nora Ephron (writer)
Nora Roberts (writer)
Nora Balling (model)
Nora Barnacle (wife of author James Joyce)
Nora Sayre (film critic)
Nora Dunn (SNL cast member)
Nora Ephron (writer)
Nora Roberts (writer)
Nora Balling (model)
Nora Barnacle (wife of author James Joyce)
Nora Sayre (film critic)
Nora Dunn (SNL cast member)
Nora Ephron (writer)
Nora Roberts (writer)
Nora Balling (model)
Nora Barnacle (wife of author James Joyce)
Nora Sayre (film critic)

Children of Famous People

NAMED NORA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Nora

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME NORA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Nora