The name Nora is of English origin and means "Honor." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
The name Nora was originally a diminutive from the names Honora and Eleanora. The most common variation of the name Nora is Norah. Nicknames include Nor, Nory, No-No, and Rah. Famous Noras include author Nora Roberts and director Nora Ephron. The most famous Norah of the 20th century is likely singer Norah Jones. Royal Noras include Princess Nora of Lichtenstein. There are also several places named Nora, including towns in Australia, Italia, Sweden, and the United States (Virginia, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska, among others). Fictional characters include Nora Charles (“Nick and Nora”) from the movie series, The Thin Man and Nora from Henrik Ibsen’s play, A Doll’s House.