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Cora

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129k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cora

"Cora" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Heart, Maiden". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Co"ra
The Arabian gazelle (Gazella Arabica), found from persia to North Africa.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (Greek mythology) daughter of Zeus and Demeter; made queen of the underworld by Pluto in ancient mythology; identified with Roman Proserpina
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Apparently invented by James Fenimore Cooper in The Last of the Mohicans(1826). It could represent Ancient Greek κόρη (kórē, “maiden”).

  1. A female given name.

Cora was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Cora

Koko Taylor was a chicago blues, electric blues, rhythm, blues, soul music, and soul blues musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to 2009. Koko was given the name Cora Walton on September 28th, 1928 in Millington, Tennessee. Koko is also known as KoKo. She died on June 3rd, 2009.

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Marie McDonald was an actress and singer. Marie was given the name Cora Marie Frye on July 6th, 1923 in Burgin, Kentucky, U.S. She breathed her last breath on October 21st, 1965.

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Cora Pearl was a courtesan. Cora was given the name Emma Elizabeth Crouch by her parent Frederick Crouch in 1835 in London, United Kingdom. She breathed her last breath on July 8th, 1886.

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Lovie Austin was a jazz and twelve-bar blues musician, composer, and bandleader. She was most prominent from 1920 to 1920. Lovie was given the name Cora Calhoun on September 19th, 1887. Lovie is also known as Calhoun and Cora. She passed away on July 10th, 1972.

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Cora Diamond is a philosopher. Cora was born in 1937 in New York City.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Cora

Sexy Cora was an actress, model, and singer. She was most prominent from 2009 to 2011. Sexy was given the name Carolin Ebert on May 2nd, 1987 in Berlin, Germany. She breathed her last breath on January 20th, 2011.

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Cat Cora is a chef. Cat was given the name Catherine Ann Cora on April 3rd, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.

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Alex Cora is a baseball player. Alex was born on October 18th, 1975 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

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Joey Cora is a baseball player. Joey was born on May 14th, 1965 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

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Tom Cora was a jazz, experimental rock, experimental music, and free improvisation musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 1998. Tom was given the name Thomas Henry Corra on September 14th, 1953 in Virginia, United States. He died on April 9th, 1998.

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Angel De Cora was a in the fields of painting and illustration. Angel was given the name Hinook-Mahiwi-Kalinaka on May 3rd, 1871 in Thurston, Nebraska. Angel is also known as Angel Decora, Angel de Cora, Angel Dietz, and Hinook-Mahiwi-Kalinaka. She breathed her last breath on February 6th, 1919.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,051 1,045 6 #15 girl name
1881 976 969 7 #18 girl name
1882 1,076 1,076 0 #21 girl name
1883 1,081 1,081 0 #24 girl name
1884 1,253 1,244 9 #23 girl name
1885 1,258 1,253 5 #23 girl name
1886 1,237 1,231 6 #28 girl name
1887 1,257 1,257 0 #27 girl name
1888 1,442 1,433 9 #31 girl name
1889 1,372 1,365 7 #32 girl name
1890 1,395 1,386 9 #36 girl name
1891 1,349 1,343 6 #35 girl name
1892 1,424 1,419 5 #39 girl name
1893 1,308 1,308 0 #44 girl name
1894 1,326 1,319 7 #46 girl name
1895 1,304 1,295 9 #49 girl name
1896 1,204 1,204 0 #52 girl name
1897 1,246 1,246 0 #49 girl name
1898 1,304 1,304 0 #51 girl name
1899 1,056 1,056 0 #58 girl name
1900 1,397 1,389 8 #55 girl name
1901 1,027 1,027 0 #58 girl name
1902 1,081 1,081 0 #62 girl name
1903 995 986 9 #70 girl name
1904 993 993 0 #71 girl name
1905 1,044 1,044 0 #72 girl name
1906 959 952 7 #77 girl name
1907 977 969 8 #80 girl name
1908 969 962 7 #83 girl name
1909 969 969 0 #85 girl name
1910 1,084 1,079 5 #86 girl name
1911 1,022 1,022 0 #92 girl name
1912 1,258 1,253 5 #98 girl name
1913 1,288 1,288 0
1914 1,505 1,500 5
1915 1,691 1,683 8
1916 1,910 1,899 11
1917 1,754 1,737 17
1918 1,926 1,916 10
1919 1,947 1,940 7
1920 1,819 1,819 0
1921 1,833 1,828 5
1922 1,768 1,762 6
1923 1,698 1,691 7
1924 1,637 1,629 8
1925 1,687 1,681 6
1926 1,476 1,476 0
1927 1,499 1,492 7
1928 1,407 1,393 14
1929 1,397 1,389 8
1930 1,281 1,273 8
1931 1,193 1,183 10
1932 1,141 1,135 6
1933 1,170 1,157 13
1934 1,118 1,113 5
1935 1,082 1,071 11
1936 1,018 1,007 11
1937 1,139 1,139 0
1938 1,144 1,133 11
1939 1,039 1,039 0
1940 975 965 10
1941 1,012 1,007 5
1942 1,009 1,001 8
1943 874 874 0
1944 818 818 0
1945 755 750 5
1946 801 801 0
1947 846 846 0
1948 837 837 0
1949 853 847 6
1950 737 737 0
1951 670 670 0
1952 666 666 0
1953 651 651 0
1954 611 611 0
1955 577 577 0
1956 552 552 0
1957 518 518 0
1958 434 434 0
1959 453 453 0
1960 455 455 0
1961 420 420 0
1962 411 411 0
1963 401 401 0
1964 351 351 0
1965 372 372 0
1966 312 312 0
1967 234 234 0
1968 235 235 0
1969 211 202 9
1970 234 234 0
1971 227 222 5
1972 201 201 0
1973 196 196 0
1974 206 206 0
1975 182 182 0
1976 212 212 0
1977 223 223 0
1978 225 225 0
1979 193 193 0
1980 214 214 0
1981 221 221 0
1982 239 239 0
1983 224 224 0
1984 224 224 0
1985 221 221 0
1986 237 237 0
1987 195 195 0
1988 201 201 0
1989 246 246 0
1990 230 230 0
1991 255 255 0
1992 249 249 0
1993 297 297 0
1994 328 328 0
1995 313 313 0
1996 327 327 0
1997 325 325 0
1998 468 468 0
1999 529 529 0
2000 564 564 0
2001 603 603 0
2002 606 606 0
2003 694 694 0
2004 698 698 0
2005 672 672 0
2006 844 844 0
2007 917 917 0
2008 1,039 1,039 0
2009 1,098 1,098 0
2010 1,204 1,204 0
2011 1,552 1,552 0
2012 2,079 2,079 0
2013 2,583 2,583 0
2014 2,963 2,958 5
2015 3,403 3,397 6 #88 girl name
2016 3,350 3,350 0 #87 girl name

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Popularity of Cora as a first name

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Popularity of Cora as a last name

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Common last names for Cora

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  • Brown
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  • Miller
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  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Walker

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cora U.S.
  White 26.19% 64.26%
  African American 5.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 67.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cora

People with the last name Cora are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Cora

  • How Popular is the name Cora? Cora is the 547th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Cora was the 87th most popular name. As a last name Cora was the 14,995th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cora have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 128,823 babies born with the first name Cora in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cora to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cora? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,051 new born babies.
  • When was Cora first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cora is Monday, December 5th, 1825.
  • What year had the most people named Cora born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cora was in 2015 with a total of 3,397 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cora!
  • Random Cora Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cora ranks 56th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Cora: Your name in reverse order is Aroc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orca. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cora? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,970 people with the last name Cora.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cora? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cora as their last name since less than 1 person in 149k 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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