Cora Name Meaning

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Fact: It was popularized by the American writer James Fenimore Cooper in his novel “The Last of the Mohicans.”

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A Deep Dive

Cora Overview

Meaning

Maiden, core, heart

Gender

Girl

Origin

Greek

Etymology

Derived from the Greek name “Kore,” meaning “maiden” or “daughter.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈkɔːrə/

Popularity

Cora is a name with growing popularity worldwide, especially in English-speaking countries. Recently, Cora has ranked within the top 100 names for girls in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

4 letters

Numerology

1 (Pioneering, Independent, Leading)

Name Styles

Classic, Short, Vintage, Cute

Associated Traits

Graceful, intelligent, kind, artistic

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

Cora is associated with the Greek goddess Persephone, who was also called Kore.

Name Day

May 6th
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Cora Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Coraline, Corinne, Coralie, Coral, Kora, Korinne, Corabella, Coralyn

Common Nicknames

Corrie, Coral, Coralyn, Corrina

Diminutives

Cory, Coco, Corie

Famous People

  • Cora Pearl
    (British Courtesan)
  • Cora Munro
    (Fictional Character)
  • Cora Crawley
    (Fictional Character)
  • Cora Schumacher
    (German Model and Actress)
  • Cora Staunton
    (Irish Footballer)
  • Cora Coralina
    (Brazilian Poet)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "The Underground Railroad"
    (TV Series)
  • "Cora"
    (Novel)
  • "Cora"
    (Album)
  • Cora Crawley
    ("Downton Abbey," TV Series)
  • Cora Munro
    ("The Last of the Mohicans," Film)
  • Cora
    ("Titanic," Film)

Places

  • Cora City
    (Wyoming, USA)
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
    (New Jersey, USA)
  • Cora River
    (Ecuador)
  • Cora Bay
    (British Columbia, Canada)
  • Cora Point
    (Antarctica)

What Is the Meaning of Cora?

Cora means “maiden,” “core,” or “heart.” People named Cora are often seen as pure and loving, with a kind and gentle personality that makes them beloved by those around them.

What Is the Origin of The Name Cora?

Cora has Greek origins. It is derived from the Greek word “kore,” meaning “maiden,” and was also used as a title for the goddess Persephone, symbolizing spring and rebirth. The name became popular in the English-speaking world in the 19th century.

Cora Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Cora in the U.S. over the Years

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Annual Statistics Breakdown for Cora

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202393
(-18 from 2022)
2738
(-331 from 2022)
0.15653
202275
(+12 from 2021)
3069
(+65 from 2021)
0.17116
202187
(+1 from 2020)
3004
(-28 from 2020)
0.16767
202088
(-17 from 2019)
3032
(-569 from 2019)
0.17152
201971
(+2 from 2018)
3601
(+5 from 2018)
0.19625
201873
(+10 from 2017)
3596
(+151 from 2017)
0.19337
201783
(+4 from 2016)
3445
(+72 from 2016)
0.18236
201687
(+1 from 2015)
3373
(-29 from 2015)
0.17424
201588
(+15 from 2014)
3402
(+435 from 2014)
0.17438
2014103
(+23 from 2013)
2967
(+381 from 2013)
0.15166
2013126
(+29 from 2012)
2586
(+505 from 2012)
0.13415
2012155
(+48 from 2011)
2081
(+526 from 2011)
0.10730
2011203
(+72 from 2010)
1555
(+349 from 2010)
0.08025
2010275
(+28 from 2009)
1206
(+106 from 2009)
0.06151
2009303
(+19 from 2008)
1100
(+59 from 2008)
0.05432
2008322
(+30 from 2007)
1041
(+123 from 2007)
0.04998
2007352
(+32 from 2006)
918
(+74 from 2006)
0.04337
2006384
(+68 from 2005)
844
(+171 from 2005)
0.04037
2005452
(-15 from 2004)
673
(-25 from 2004)
0.03316
2004437
(-4 from 2003)
698
(+3 from 2003)
0.03459
2003433
(+34 from 2002)
695
(+88 from 2002)
0.03464
2002467
(-9 from 2001)
607
(+3 from 2001)
0.03073
2001458
(+23 from 2000)
604
(+40 from 2000)
0.03049
2000481
(+10 from 1999)
564
(+35 from 1999)
0.02826
1999491
(+45 from 1998)
529
(+61 from 1998)
0.02717
1998536
(+133 from 1997)
468
(+143 from 1997)
0.02414
1997669
(+4 from 1996)
325
(-2 from 1996)
0.01702
1996673
(+6 from 1995)
327
(+14 from 1995)
0.01706
1995679
(-26 from 1994)
313
(-16 from 1994)
0.01629
1994653
(+65 from 1993)
329
(+32 from 1993)
0.01688
1993718
(+88 from 1992)
297
(+48 from 1992)
0.01506
1992806
(-3 from 1991)
249
(-6 from 1991)
0.01242
1991803
(+52 from 1990)
255
(+25 from 1990)
0.01254
1990855
(-74 from 1989)
230
(-17 from 1989)
0.01120
1989781
(+96 from 1988)
247
(+46 from 1988)
0.01240
1988877
(-4 from 1987)
201
(+6 from 1987)
0.01045
1987873
(-130 from 1986)
195
(-42 from 1986)
0.01040
1986743
(+25 from 1985)
237
(+16 from 1985)
0.01284
1985768
(-38 from 1984)
221
(-3 from 1984)
0.01197
1984730
No change from 1983
224
(-1 from 1983)
0.01242
1983730
(-6 from 1982)
225
(-14 from 1982)
0.01257
1982724
(+23 from 1981)
239
(+18 from 1981)
0.01317
1981747
(+23 from 1980)
221
(+7 from 1980)
0.01236
1980770
(+43 from 1979)
214
(+20 from 1979)
0.01202
1979813
(-111 from 1978)
194
(-31 from 1978)
0.01126
1978702
(-4 from 1977)
225
(+2 from 1977)
0.01369
1977698
(+2 from 1976)
223
(+12 from 1976)
0.01356
1976700
(+74 from 1975)
211
(+29 from 1975)
0.01342
1975774
(-65 from 1974)
182
(-24 from 1974)
0.01166
1974709
(+16 from 1973)
206
(+10 from 1973)
0.01315
1973725
(-13 from 1972)
196
(-5 from 1972)
0.01261
1972712
(-26 from 1971)
201
(-21 from 1971)
0.01246
1971686
(-8 from 1970)
222
(-12 from 1970)
0.01267
1970678
(+23 from 1969)
234
(+33 from 1969)
0.01277
1969701
(-72 from 1968)
201
(-34 from 1968)
0.01140
1968629
(-9 from 1967)
235
No change from 1967
0.01375
1967620
(-86 from 1966)
235
(-77 from 1966)
0.01369
1966534
(-41 from 1965)
312
(-61 from 1965)
0.01777
1965493
(+32 from 1964)
373
(+22 from 1964)
0.02041
1964525
(-45 from 1963)
351
(-52 from 1963)
0.01793
1963480
(-1 from 1962)
403
(-7 from 1962)
0.02027
1962479
(-3 from 1961)
410
(-9 from 1961)
0.02023
1961476
(-16 from 1960)
419
(-35 from 1960)
0.02017
1960460
(-6 from 1959)
454
No change from 1959
0.02183
1959454
(+4 from 1958)
454
(+19 from 1958)
0.02184
1958458
(-51 from 1957)
435
(-81 from 1957)
0.02106
1957407
(-33 from 1956)
516
(-38 from 1956)
0.02459
1956374
(-9 from 1955)
554
(-22 from 1955)
0.02690
1955365
(-18 from 1954)
576
(-37 from 1954)
0.02873
1954347
(-24 from 1953)
613
(-35 from 1953)
0.03079
1953323
(-11 from 1952)
648
(-19 from 1952)
0.03358
1952312
(-12 from 1951)
667
(-5 from 1951)
0.03507
1951300
(-11 from 1950)
672
(-62 from 1950)
0.03638
1950289
(-25 from 1949)
734
(-114 from 1949)
0.04174
1949264
(+2 from 1948)
848
(+11 from 1948)
0.04830
1948266
(-7 from 1947)
837
(-11 from 1947)
0.04803
1947259
(-7 from 1946)
848
(+49 from 1946)
0.04665
1946252
(-8 from 1945)
799
(+47 from 1945)
0.04954
1945244
(-13 from 1944)
752
(-65 from 1944)
0.05586
1944231
(-6 from 1943)
817
(-57 from 1943)
0.05979
1943225
(-23 from 1942)
874
(-128 from 1942)
0.06089
1942202
(-16 from 1941)
1002
(-5 from 1941)
0.07206
1941186
(+5 from 1940)
1007
(+42 from 1940)
0.08082
1940191
(-8 from 1939)
965
(-74 from 1939)
0.08169
1939183
(-5 from 1938)
1039
(-92 from 1938)
0.09162
1938178
(-2 from 1937)
1131
(-10 from 1937)
0.09908
1937176
(+5 from 1936)
1141
(+133 from 1936)
0.10355
1936181
(-6 from 1935)
1008
(-63 from 1935)
0.09355
1935175
(-7 from 1934)
1071
(-42 from 1934)
0.09855
1934168
(-11 from 1933)
1113
(-44 from 1933)
0.10283
1933157
(+12 from 1932)
1157
(+21 from 1932)
0.11061
1932169
(-9 from 1931)
1136
(-49 from 1931)
0.10268
1931160
(+1 from 1930)
1185
(-87 from 1930)
0.10736
1930161
(-8 from 1929)
1272
(-117 from 1929)
0.10905
1929153
(+2 from 1928)
1389
(-4 from 1928)
0.11999
1928155
(+3 from 1927)
1393
(-99 from 1927)
0.11652
1927158
No change from 1926
1492
(+15 from 1926)
0.12067
1926158
(-8 from 1925)
1477
(-202 from 1925)
0.12006
1925150
(+5 from 1924)
1679
(+49 from 1924)
0.13293
1924155
(-6 from 1923)
1630
(-61 from 1923)
0.12580
1923149
(-9 from 1922)
1691
(-71 from 1922)
0.13501
1922140
No change from 1921
1762
(-66 from 1921)
0.14123
1921140
(-3 from 1920)
1828
(+9 from 1920)
0.14284
1920137
(-15 from 1919)
1819
(-121 from 1919)
0.14622
1919122
(+2 from 1918)
1940
(+24 from 1918)
0.16516
1918124
(+2 from 1917)
1916
(+179 from 1917)
0.15935
1917126
(-12 from 1916)
1737
(-162 from 1916)
0.15458
1916114
(+5 from 1915)
1899
(+216 from 1915)
0.17491
1915119
(-14 from 1914)
1683
(+183 from 1914)
0.16438
1914105
(-2 from 1913)
1500
(+212 from 1913)
0.18829
1913103
(-5 from 1912)
1288
(+35 from 1912)
0.19667
191298
(-7 from 1911)
1253
(+231 from 1911)
0.21356
191191
(-6 from 1910)
1022
(-57 from 1910)
0.23132
191085
No change from 1909
1079
(+110 from 1909)
0.25720
190985
(-2 from 1908)
969
(+7 from 1908)
0.26325
190883
(-3 from 1907)
962
(-7 from 1907)
0.27135
190780
(-3 from 1906)
969
(+17 from 1906)
0.28717
190677
(-5 from 1905)
952
(-92 from 1905)
0.30373
190572
(-2 from 1904)
1044
(+51 from 1904)
0.33692
190470
No change from 1903
993
(+7 from 1903)
0.33956
190370
(-8 from 1902)
986
(-95 from 1902)
0.35443
190262
(-4 from 1901)
1081
(+54 from 1901)
0.38562
190158
(-3 from 1900)
1027
(-362 from 1900)
0.40397
190055
(+3 from 1899)
1389
(+333 from 1899)
0.43715
189958
(-7 from 1898)
1056
(-248 from 1898)
0.42669
189851
(-2 from 1897)
1304
(+58 from 1897)
0.47566
189749
(+3 from 1896)
1246
(+42 from 1896)
0.50186
189652
(-3 from 1895)
1204
(-91 from 1895)
0.47779
189549
(-3 from 1894)
1295
(-24 from 1894)
0.52407
189446
(-2 from 1893)
1319
(+11 from 1893)
0.55896
189344
(-5 from 1892)
1308
(-111 from 1892)
0.58073
189239
(-4 from 1891)
1419
(+76 from 1891)
0.63091
189135
(+1 from 1890)
1343
(-43 from 1890)
0.68323
189036
(-4 from 1889)
1386
(+21 from 1889)
0.68729
188932
(-1 from 1888)
1365
(-68 from 1888)
0.72139
188831
(-4 from 1887)
1433
(+176 from 1887)
0.75642
188727
(+1 from 1886)
1257
(+26 from 1886)
0.80876
188628
(-5 from 1885)
1231
(-22 from 1885)
0.80073
188523
No change from 1884
1253
(+9 from 1884)
0.88272
188423
(+1 from 1883)
1244
(+163 from 1883)
0.90417
188324
(-3 from 1882)
1081
(+5 from 1882)
0.90038
188221
(-3 from 1881)
1076
(+107 from 1881)
0.93004
188118
(-3 from 1880)
969
(-76 from 1880)
0.98022
188015
First SSA data recorded
1045
First SSA data recorded
1.07064

American States Popularity Rankings for Cora

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

Texas (TX)

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North Carolina (NC)

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California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#1572021#1382022#1622023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1192021#1392022#1412023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#532021#592022#602023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#512021#522022#472023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1572021#1302022#1122023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#1132021#952022#1222023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#832021#592022#622023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#912021#932022#1112023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#972021#882022#912023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#642021#542022#542023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#1752021#1442022#5612023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#1462021#1252022#1262023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#642021#692022#842023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#1462021#872022#1102023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#432021#612022#522023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#692021#662022#502023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#2152021#2002022#1802023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#392021#512022#442023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#952021#1242022#1652023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#962021#532022#1072023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#672021#522022#802023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#582021#532022#622023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#622021#462022#612023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#762021#1862022#1862023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#662021#602022#772023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#892021#732022#912023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#232021#392022#402023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#982021#1292022#1512023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#402021#662022#592023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#1252021#992022#1632023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#812021#392022#622023

Utah (UT)

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Nebraska (NE)

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New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#2032021#1382022#932023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#672021#602022#762023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#922021#612022#532023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#242021#172022#542023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#772021#1012022#1422023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#282021#1242022#392023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#492021#292022#832023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#552021#502022#492023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#542021#342022#842023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#762021#762022#382023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#1182021#1142022#1902023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#712021#1202022#662023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#562020#492021#282022

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1152019#1552020#1912022

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#432020#802022#612023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#652021#1082022#1312023

Popularity Rankings for Cora in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#332021#352022#392023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#642021#672022#612023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#1102021#942022#872023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#1142021#1192022#1772023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#1582019#1532020#1492021

Popularity in Austria

Austria flagAustria#1932004

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#2532021#2882022#2182023

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#4532017#4312018#4742019

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#8122013#9322017#6812022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#9252022

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Cora a Name for Boys or Girls?

Cora is a girl’s name. Its soft and elegant sound, along with its historical and mythological associations, makes it fitting for girls.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Cora

Cora in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Cora Pearl (Courtesan, 1835–1886): A renowned British courtesan in France, known for her extravagant lifestyle and influential relationships.
  • Cora Munro (Fictional Character, 1826 Novel): A character in James Fenimore Cooper's novel "The Last of the Mohicans," depicted as a strong and resourceful woman.
  • Cora Crawley (Fictional Character, 2010 TV Series): A character in "Downton Abbey," the American-born wife of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham.
  • Cora Schumacher (Model and Actress, born 1976): A German model, actress, and television personality known for her work in motorsport and reality TV.
  • Cora Staunton (Footballer, born 1981): An Irish footballer and Gaelic footballer, known for her remarkable career in both sports.
  • Cora Coralina (Poet, 1889–1985): A Brazilian poet and writer, celebrated for her contributions to Brazilian literature and her vivid depictions of rural life.
  • Cora Crawley ("Downton Abbey," 2010 TV Series): The American wife of Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, navigating the complexities of British aristocracy.
  • "Cora Unashamed" (2000 TV Film): Adaptation of a Langston Hughes story about an African American maid working for a white family in the early 20th century.
  • Cora Munro ("The Last of the Mohicans," 1992 Film): The daughter of a British colonel who becomes involved in the French and Indian War.
  • "Cora" (2014 Novel by Ted Dekker): A suspenseful tale of a young woman who must confront her past to save her future.
  • Cora Tannetti ("The Sinner," 2017 TV Series): A woman who commits a startling act of violence and tries to understand why she did it.
  • Cora ("Titanic," 1997 Film): A young girl who dances with Jack Dawson in the third-class section of the ship.
  • Cora ("Once Upon a Time," 2011 TV Series): The manipulative and ambitious mother of Regina, also known as the Queen of Hearts.
  • "Cora" (2004 Album by Cora Novoa): An electronic music album by the Spanish DJ and producer.
  • Cora ("Doctor Who," 2005 TV Series): A character appearing in an episode dealing with historical events and time travel.
  • "Cora and the Doctor" (1894 Novel by Harriette Newell Woods Baker): A story about a young woman and her experiences with a kind physician.
  • Cora ("The Legend of Korra," 2012 TV Series): A character in the sequel to "Avatar: The Last Airbender," navigating a world of bending arts.
  • Cora City (Wyoming, USA): A small unincorporated community in Sublette County, known for its scenic views of the Wind River Range.
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (New Jersey, USA): A nature preserve and educational facility in Short Hills, known for its diverse plant and animal life.
  • Cora River (Ecuador): A river in the Andes region, known for its importance to local agriculture and natural beauty.
  • Cora Bay (British Columbia, Canada): A bay on the coast of British Columbia, known for its picturesque setting and wildlife.
  • Cora Point (Antarctica): A point on the coast of Antarctica, noted for its icy landscape and research significance.

Similar Names to Cora

Sibling Names for Cora