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Cora began in ancient Greek and Latin culture as a nickname for the goddess of spring and queen of the underworld, Persephone. It spread in popularity to the rest of the world as it was a character name in the book “The Last of the Mohicans” in 1826. Though on the decline for several years after, the name Cora is back on the rise with the popularity of vintage names.

Meaning of the name Cora:

Greek: maiden, heart
French: beloved

Origin of the name Cora:

The baby name Cora dates back to ancient Greece, created by the Grecians as their own form of the name Kore from the Latin culture. In both cultures, the meaning was maiden. The name took several generations to spread, spreading into England and the Americas in the 1820s, even finding the French to receive the name beloved.

Symbolism of the name Cora:

Kore in Latin culture, who would be Cora in Greek culture, was the nickname for Persephone who was the goddess of spring and of fertility. Being as the name was a nickname, this gave it the definition of the maiden of Persephone.

Baby name Cora

Style of the name Cora:

The baby name Cora is classical in its style.

Gender of the name Cora:

The gender of the baby name Cora is female.

Pronunciation of the name Cora:

KOR-ah

Number of syllables in the name Cora:

There are two syllables in the baby name Cora.

Emotion evoked from the name Cora:

Cora is a passionate name and feels royal. It does have a vintage feel which gives the name a touch of weird and quirky.

Alternative spellings for the name Cora:

  • Kora
  • Coara

Nicknames for the name Cora:

Popularity of the name Cora:

The baby name Cora was on the top 100 list from the years 1900 to 1911, then was on the top 200 list until 1941. The name sharply declined for several decades until 2012. This was the year that it reached number 155, putting it back on the top 200 list for three years. In 2015, the name was put back on the top 100 list, sitting at number 88 in 2020.

Related names for the name Cora:

Great middle names for Cora and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Cora:

  • Cora Isabel (pop singer)
  • Cora Coleman (religious author)
  • Cora Skinner (professional model)
  • Cora Emmanuel (professional model)
  • Cora Brown (stage actress, “Cleopatra”)
  • Cora Combs (professional wrestler)

Coras in popular culture:

  • Cora Munro (character in “Last of the Mohicans”)
  • Cora Crawley (character on “Downton Abbey”)
  • Cora Hale (character on “Teen Wolf”)
  • Cora Simmons (character on “Meet the Browns”)
  • Cora Cross (character on “Eastenders”)