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Updated May 30, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Dignified
  • French : Nobleman
  • Greek : The bright one; honor; light

What does Norah mean and stand for?

The name Norah is of Latin origin and means "dignified." It is a variant of Nora.

Syllables: 2

How Popular Is The Name Norah


According to Social Security Administration data, Norah has been decreasing in popularity after a brief five-year uptick. It reached its peak rank of 136 in 2017. Its sister spelling, Nora, is much more popular.

However, it is the 1st most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Norah was at its peak popularity in July 2019.

Norah really became popular after the success of singer Norah Jones. Other notable namesakes include journalist Norah Morahan O’Donnell, novelist Norah Margaret Ruth Cordner James, and gymnast Norah Irene Flatley. This particular spelling hasn't been used often in pop culture, but it has appeared in the hit Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.

Where is it Popular?

Norah was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Norah

  • Nor
  • Nory
  • Rah

Pairs well with these middle names



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