Girl Names baby nameAurora

What does the name Aurora mean?

The meaning of the name “Aurora” is: “Dawn”.

Additional information: Aurora is a Latin given name for girls, and comes from the ancient Roman goddess of the dawn with the same name – to this day, the given name Aurora means ‘dawn’. However, there is no evidence of Aurora being used as a given name in either the classical or the medieval periods; the Latin word aurora being used as a given name seems to be entirely an invention of the Renaissance era.

The auroras are colored lights that appear in the night sky in the polar zones. They are the result of the collision of charged ions from the magnetosphere with atoms in the upper atmosphere.

Common misspellings of Aurora are ‘Auroa’, ‘Aurroa’ and ‘Arora’, although this last spelling is accepted as a legitimate alternative spelling of Aurora, and nicknames for Aurora include Arie, Rory, and Aura. In French, Aurora is commonly written as ‘Aurore’, and in Russia the name ‘Авро́ра’ (Avrora) has entirely different connotations, as it was the name of a Russian cruiser in the Russian Revolution (the name saw a surge in popularity because of this after 1917).

Since the popularity of names began to be recorded in 1880, Aurora has only fallen out of the top thousand popular names for girls three times – in 1885, 1889 and 1890. However, it has never reached the top hundred names, although it did come close in 2014 when it reached 116th.

Aurora is a popular name in Spanish speaking countries, as Spanish evolved from a dialect of spoken Latin – as such, a lot of famous Auroras tend to be from Spanish speaking countries, too, including Aurora Robles (supermodel), Aurora Estrada Orozco (community leader), and Aurora Reyes Flores (painter). Aurora is also particularly popular in Norway, where it was the 16th most popular name in 2006.

Perhaps the most famous fictional Aurora is one many people forget the name of - Princess Aurora from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. J.K. Rowling included a minor character by the name Aurora Sinistra in the Harry Potter books, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon wrote Aurora Floyd, with its eponymous protagonist, as the sequel to Lady Audley’s Lover.