Origin:Latin
Popularity:76
Meaning:honor; shining light
Nora is a feminine name of primarily Latin origin, though it holds compelling roots in Irish culture. Considered a pet form of Honora, Nora assumes its meaning "honor" from the Latin honorius. A title synonymous with respect and reverence, it's no wonder Nora became a popular appellation across many cultures. In Hungary, Nora earned the additional meaning of "shining light" due to its close similarities to Eleonóra. Meanwhile, in France, Nora stood firm as a virtuous title finding no need to enhance its honorable meaning. Yet its sheer popularity in Ireland led many to believe it originated from the Irish Onóra, which too stands for "honor." There it remains a favored choice, inspiring the equally beloved Noreen.

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