Aurora

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48k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
548
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Aurora mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Aurora

"Aurora" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Goddess of the Dawn". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Au*ro"ra
Senses
  1. The rising light of the morning; the dawn of day; the redness of the sky just before the sun rises.
  2. The rise, dawn, or beginning.
  3. [Class. Myth] The Roman personification of the dawn of day; the goddess of the morning. The poets represented her a rising out of the ocean, in a chariot, with rosy fingers dropping gentle dew.
  4. [Bot] A species of crowfoot.
  5. The aurora borealis or aurora australis (northern or southern lights).

Etymology: L. aurora, for ausosa, akin to Gr. �, �, dawn, Skr. ushas, and E. east

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Roman mythology) goddess of the dawn; counterpart of Greek Eos
  2. An atmospheric phenomenon consisting of bands of light caused by charged solar particles following the earth's magnetic lines of force
  3. The first light of day
Wiktionary

From Latin Aurora.

  1. (Roman mythology) Roman goddess of the dawn; equivalent of the Greek Eos. Sister of Luna and Sol.
  2. A female given name, in quiet but regular use since the 19th century.
  3. (astronomy) Short for 94 Aurora, a main belt asteroid.
  4. (poetic) the dawn
  5. A town in Ontario, Canada.
  6. A city in Colorado.
  7. A city in Illinois.
  8. A city in Indiana.
  9. A town in Iowa.
  10. A village in Kansas.
  11. A town in Maine.
  12. A city in Minnesota.
  13. A city in Missouri.
  14. A city and county seat in Nebraska.
  15. A town in Erie County, New York.
  16. A ghost town in Nevada.
  17. A town in North Carolina.
  18. A city in Ohio.
  19. A town in Oregon.
  20. A town in South Dakota.
  21. A city/town in Texas.
  22. A city in Utah.
  23. A CDP in West Virginia.
  24. One of two towns/villages in Wisconsin.
  25. A town in Western Cape, South Africa.
  26. A town/settlement in Suriname.
  27. (historical) The island of Maewo.
  28. (historical) The island of Makatea.

Aurora was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, Finnish, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Aurora

Aurora is a synthpop musician. Her ongoing career started in 2012. Aurora was given the name Aurora Aksnes on June 15th, 1996 in Bergen.

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Aurora Perrineau is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. She was most active from 2011 to present. Aurora was given the name Aurora Robinson Perrineau by her parent Harold Perrineau on September 23rd, 1994.

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Her most notable accomplishments were from 1933 to 1990. Aurora was born on April 20th, 1915 in Rio de Janeiro. She left this life on December 22nd, 2005.

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Aurora Quezón was an office holder. Aurora was given the name Aurora Antonia Aragón y Molina on February 19th, 1888 in Baler, Tayabas, Captaincy General of the Philippines. She passed away on April 28th, 1949.

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Aurora Pijuan is a beauty queen. She holds the title Binibining Pilipinas-International 1970, Miss International 1970, and Binibining Pilipinas. Aurora was given the name Aurora McKenney Pijuan in Bacolod.

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Rory Block is a country blues guitarist and singing. She plays Guitar. She was most prominent from 1964 to present. Rory was given the name Aurora Block on November 6th, 1949 in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Aurora

Aurora is a synthpop musician. Her ongoing career started in 2012. Aurora was given the name Aurora Aksnes on June 15th, 1996 in Bergen.

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Valerie Anita Aurora is a feminist activist. Valerie was given the name Val Henson . Valerie is also known as Val Henson.

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Rachel Amanda is an actress, singer, and model. She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Rachel was given the name Rachel Amanda Aurora on January 1st, 1995 in Jakarta.

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Juan was born on September 7th, 1650. He left this life on June 29th, 1725.

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How popular is the baby name Aurora in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 6 0
1881 6 6 0
1882 8 8 0
1883 10 10 0
1884 11 11 0
1886 9 9 0
1887 15 15 0
1888 13 13 0
1889 7 7 0
1890 8 8 0
1891 15 15 0
1892 16 16 0
1893 20 20 0
1894 14 14 0
1895 15 15 0
1896 26 26 0
1897 16 16 0
1898 14 14 0
1899 17 17 0
1900 21 21 0
1901 25 25 0
1902 19 19 0
1903 28 28 0
1904 31 31 0
1905 43 43 0
1906 35 35 0
1907 53 53 0
1908 46 46 0
1909 53 53 0
1910 61 61 0
1911 66 66 0
1912 102 102 0
1913 90 90 0
1914 107 107 0
1915 147 147 0
1916 182 182 0
1917 185 185 0
1918 226 226 0
1919 223 223 0
1920 274 274 0
1921 329 329 0
1922 286 281 5
1923 338 338 0
1924 357 357 0
1925 348 341 7
1926 327 327 0
1927 369 360 9
1928 361 361 0
1929 353 348 5
1930 331 325 6
1931 264 258 6
1932 256 256 0
1933 211 211 0
1934 211 211 0
1935 201 196 5
1936 193 193 0
1937 177 177 0
1938 190 190 0
1939 178 178 0
1940 154 154 0
1941 171 171 0
1942 223 223 0
1943 228 228 0
1944 203 203 0
1945 213 213 0
1946 211 211 0
1947 247 247 0
1948 199 199 0
1949 182 182 0
1950 217 217 0
1951 188 188 0
1952 198 198 0
1953 188 188 0
1954 167 167 0
1955 180 180 0
1956 173 173 0
1957 164 164 0
1958 150 150 0
1959 157 157 0
1960 176 176 0
1961 149 149 0
1962 173 173 0
1963 153 153 0
1964 156 156 0
1965 178 178 0
1966 175 175 0
1967 163 163 0
1968 158 158 0
1969 131 131 0
1970 164 164 0
1971 177 177 0
1972 153 153 0
1973 176 176 0
1974 174 174 0
1975 178 178 0
1976 184 184 0
1977 186 186 0
1978 167 167 0
1979 194 194 0
1980 207 207 0
1981 211 211 0
1982 246 241 5
1983 175 175 0
1984 206 206 0
1985 209 209 0
1986 216 216 0
1987 252 252 0
1988 236 236 0
1989 273 273 0
1990 293 293 0
1991 269 269 0
1992 321 321 0
1993 365 365 0
1994 318 318 0
1995 324 324 0
1996 355 355 0
1997 430 430 0
1998 503 503 0
1999 519 519 0
2000 557 557 0
2001 683 683 0
2002 664 664 0
2003 810 810 0
2004 988 988 0
2005 950 950 0
2006 1,067 1,067 0
2007 1,066 1,066 0
2008 1,172 1,172 0
2009 1,487 1,487 0
2010 1,526 1,526 0
2011 1,723 1,723 0
2012 1,903 1,903 0
2013 2,124 2,124 0
2014 2,739 2,739 0
2015 3,632 3,632 0 #78 girl name
2016 3,963 3,963 0 #66 girl name

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Popularity of Aurora as a first name

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Popularity of Aurora as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Aurora U.S.
  White 46.72% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 33.21% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Aurora

People with the last name Aurora are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Aurora

  • How Popular is the name Aurora? Aurora is the 1,021st most popular name of all time. In 2016 Aurora was the 66th most popular name. As a last name Aurora was the 40,016th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Aurora have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 47,703 babies born with the first name Aurora in the United States. That's more than enough people named Aurora to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Aurora? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Aurora first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Aurora is Tuesday, October 31st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Aurora born? The highest recorded use of the first name Aurora was in 2016 with a total of 3,963 babies. That's a lot of babies named Aurora!
  • Random Aurora Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Aurora ranks 36th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 24 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Aurora: Your name in reverse order is Arorua. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Arruao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Aurora? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 548 people with the last name Aurora.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Aurora? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Aurora as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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