[ 3 syll. au-ro-ra, aur-ora ] The baby girl name Aurora is pronounced ah-ROWR-ah (English) or aw-ROW-Raa (Spanish) †. Aurora's language of origin is Latin, and it is used mainly in the English, Finnish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Scandinavian, and Spanish languages. It is derived literally from the word aurora meaning 'dawn'. Aurora was personified in Roman mythology as the goddess of the dawn. It was not used as a given name in the medieval period, but was revived throughout Europe during the Renaissance and generally used as a learned form of the name Dawn. It enjoyed a boost in popularity from the fictional Princess Aurora of Charles Perrault's fairy tale The Sleeping Beauty (1697), and from the titular character of the Elizabeth Barrett Browning epic poem Aurora Leigh (1856). The name was commonly used by English poets in the 19th century.
Aurora has 14 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. Derivatives used in English include Arora, Aurea, Aurorah, Aurore (used in French too), Aurorette, Ora, Ori, Orie, Orrie, Rora, and Zorica. Foreign derivatives of Aurora include Alba (Italian and Spanish), Aure (French), and Zora (Slavic).
See also the related form, the Greek and English Eolande.
See also the related categories, medieval, princess (queen), romanian, roman, fairy (maid), epic (powerful), dawn (morning), portuguese, spanish, goddess, italian, renaissance, scandinavian, finnish, and german.
Aurora is very popular as a baby name for girls, and it is also considered trendy. The name has been rising in popularity since the 1900s; prior to that, it was of only occasional use. At the modest peak of its usage in 2018, 0.259% of baby girls were given the name Aurora. It ranked at #44 then. Out of all girl names in its group, Aurora was the most popular in 2018. 18 times more girls were named Aurora than the next ranked name, Zora, in that year.
Baby names that sound like Aurora include Aarya, Acrasee, Acrasey, Acrasi, Acrasia, Acrasie, Acrasy, Acrasye, Ahere, Airi, Ajara, Akeira, Akera, Akerra, Akiera, Akirrah, Akrasia, Akyra, Aria, and Ariah.
† Pronunciation for Aurora: AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; AW as in "cow (K.AW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"