Sunday, December 1, 2013
Name Round Up: Many Different Doras
It should come as no surprise that I love Dora names. Dora is Greek for "gift." Dora is used as a standalone name nowadays, but traditionally it is more of a nickname for an infinite number of other names.
I'll admit that I've never actually read any source in which, say, Musidore is referenced as an official name. But I figured that since there is a Theodora and a Theodore, a Isadora and a Isadore, that it is not an illogical assumption to think a Musidore has existed somewhere. I only did that a few times on this list. Even if it has never existed and I just invented it, I love it anyway.
So here are some great Dora names to choose from:
Adora/Adore. "A gift."
Aldora/Aldore. "Winged gift."
Amadora/Amador. "Gift of love."
Apollodora/Apollodorus. "Gift of Apollo."
Artemidora/Artemidoros. "Gift of Artemis."
Callidora/Calidore. "Gift of beauty."
Cleodora/Cleodore. "Gift of glory/pride/fame."
Diodora/Diodorus/Diodoros. "Gift of Zeus."
Dionysodora/Dionysodoros. "Gift of Dionysus."
Eldora. In reference to El Dorado.
Elladora. Invented smoosh-name.
Eudora. "Good gift."
Floradora. Most likely an invented smoosh-name.
Heliodora/Heliodoro/Heliodoros. "Gift of the sun."
Isadora/Isidora/Isidore/Isidros/Isadoro. "Gift of Isis."
Leodora/Leodoro. Variants of Leander meaning "lion of a man."
Medora. Variant of Medea, possibly meaning "to ponder" or "cunning."
Menodora/Menodore. "Gift of the moon."
Metrodora/Metrodore. "Gift of the city."
Musidora/Musidore. "Gift of the muses."
Nymphadora/Nymphadore. "Gift of the nymphs."
Olympiodora/Olympiodoros. "Gift of Olympus."
Pandora. "All gifts."
Plutodora/Plutodore. "Gift of wealth." Might be invented.
Salvadora/Salvador. "Salvation." Usually in reference to Jesus.
Theodora/Theodore/Teodora/Teodoro/Pheodora/Pheodore/Feodora/Feodore/Dorothea/Dorothy. "Gift of God."