Ora is a simple and old-fashioned baby name. It dates back to Old Testament Hebrew and Latin cultures despite the almost English sound. As of 2021, Ora is relatively rare and on the top 6,800 list.

Meaning of the name Ora:

Latin: to pray
Hebrew: light

Origin of the name Ora:

Ora has two origin stories. First, it could be a Latin option, coming from the word “oro.” “Oro” means “to pray” in English. In Hebrew, Ora is the feminine version of Or. Or is an ancient Hebrew baby name. It translates to “light” in English. Ora did not become popular in America until the nineteenth century.

Symbolism of the name Ora:

The baby name Ora has two different meanings depending on its culture of origin. In Latin, it comes from the word “oro.” “Oro” means “to pray.” In Hebrew, Ora translates to “light.”

Style of the name Ora:

Traditional or classical

Gender of the name Ora:

Ora is a vintage-sounding name for your daughter.

Pronunciation of the name Ora:


Number of syllables in the name Ora:


Emotion evoked from the name Ora:

Ora feels unique and old-fashioned. It is a simple and sweet baby name.

Alternative spellings for the name Ora:

  • Orah
  • Oara
  • Oarah

Nicknames for the name Ora:

  • Or
  • Ray 
  • Rara
  • O
  • Ory
  • Orrie

Popularity of the name Ora:

Ora was on the Social Security Popularity Index until 1962 when it was number 984. This baby name was on the top 100 list from 1900 to 1914, ranking highest in 1901 at 127. As of 2021, Ora is a top 6,800 option at rank 6,758.

Related names for the name Ora:

Great middle names for Ora and their meanings:

  • Rose (rose, a flower)
  • Marissa (of the sea)
  • Laney (bright light, bright shining one)
  • Toni (worthy of praise, priceless one)
  • Rae (ewe, female sheep)
  • Annalise (graced with God's bounty)
  • Blair (plain, meadow, field)
  • Camille (helper to the priest, religious helper)

Famous people with the name Ora:

  • Ora Alexander (blues singer)
  • Ora Carew (silent film actress, “Martyrs of the Alamo”)
  • Ora Washington (tennis player)

Oras in popular culture:

There are no fictional characters with the name Ora.