Dora

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Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: Dora is usually a short form of names like Theodora (meaning “God’s gift”), Isadora (meaning “gift of Isis”), Pandora (meaning “all-giving” or “all-gifted”), Medora (possibly based on Greek Metrodora meaning “mother’s gift”), Nymphodora (meaning “gift of the nymph” or “gift of the bride), Menodora (meaning “gift of the moon”) or Dorothy (the English form of Greek Dorothea meaning “gift of God”) though it can also be used as a given name in its own right simply meaning “gift”.

Dora is also an Old English word meaning “bee, bumblebee” or “humming insect” via Proto-Germanic *durô (bumblebee, humming insect) derived from a PIE root word.

 

 

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