On the name Dora...

(53 Posts)

I'm getting ahead of myself here, but just wanted a sounding board really smile

My lovely Grandma died last month, and shortly afterwards I discovered that I was pregnant. Ever since I have been giving serious thought to naming the baby after her if it is a girl, as I would have been pregnant (unknowingly) during the last days I spent with her, which despite being incredibly sad were also wonderful in the sense that the whole family came together in the way we used to at my Gran's house back in the day...

Soppiness over, my Gran's name was Dora.

My husband rejected the name outright as being too old-fashioned. I admit that I would never have considered it before now but I have always thought my Gran had a nice sing-song kind of name (Dora May) and the only other Dora I have come across is Dora the explorer.

Tonight, I was looking up the meaning of the name and it said that it can be used as a short form of Isadora - husband was suddenly very interested!

Apologies for the rambling. I suppose what I'm asking is, do you think Dora is too old fashioned, or Isadora too silly? What do the names make you think of?


Gumby Wed 28-Nov-12 23:07:20

Isadora is beautiful

Dora reminds me of the explorer, sorry!

McPhee Wed 28-Nov-12 23:08:51

A friends Dd, 6 months old is called Dora

It really suits her

goralka Wed 28-Nov-12 23:10:38

Dora is lovely, it means 'gift' in Greek, but it does sound a bit dated (or of course Dora the explorer)
Isadora sounds good...

tiredteddy Wed 28-Nov-12 23:11:24

Isadora is a beautiful name. I always think of isadora Duncan a famous dancer. She was beautiful and talented. So many ways in which the name and any nicknames could evolve and grow with your child too. Go for it.

BadRoly Wed 28-Nov-12 23:12:43

I like both names grin I know there is the whole Dora the Explorer thing but in the grand scheme of things, that's not a biggy!

MaMattoo Wed 28-Nov-12 23:13:07

I like isadora, really like it. Dora means string in Hindi, but also means threads that bind emotionally with feelings of love and passion.
I likes!

OutragedFromLeeds Wed 28-Nov-12 23:13:30

For me, Dora makes me think of Dora the Explorer and Isadora makes me sing 'Wizadora we adore her, she's the one who can brighten up our day....etc'.

For you it will remind you of your Gran though and it's a nice sounding name. I prefer Dora to Isadora.

PuggyMum Wed 28-Nov-12 23:15:06

I love both Isadora and Dora.

I haven't heard of Isadora, assume pronounced Is-a-dora? Like Isabelle??

Congratulations! I am sure your Gran will be smiling on you and the baby x

bialystockandbloom Wed 28-Nov-12 23:16:51

Love both Isadora, and Dora for short. Was top of my list for dd until she was born and we decided on something else. Wish I was having another girl so I could use it! Forget about Dora the Explorer thing, it is so much more classic than that.

Eglantyne Wed 28-Nov-12 23:22:26

Funnily enough I came across a Dora today whose full name was Theodora.

Ham69 Wed 28-Nov-12 23:23:27

Love both names. I had them both on my list a few years ago. I believe Bjork's daughter is Isadora (useless piece of information for you!)
I'd definitely go for either. I also don't care about the explorer thing, and you have a really lovely meaning behind the name/s.

BikeRunSki Wed 28-Nov-12 23:24:28

Isadora Duncan did die in rather tragic circumstances.

In associate Dora with the explorer girl, but that's no biggy.

BikeRunSki Wed 28-Nov-12 23:26:53

Ps I also found out that I was Pg a few days after DJ's grandma died. I asked him if he'd like to name the baby after her if she was a girl. He said "Why would I call a baby Grandma?".

forevergreek Wed 28-Nov-12 23:27:19


All can have Dora as a nickname.

goralka Wed 28-Nov-12 23:29:05


NadiaWadia Wed 28-Nov-12 23:44:49

Dora is a pretty name. Who cares about the explorer?

sleepywombat Thu 29-Nov-12 05:11:42

I had a Spanish teacher, Dora, short for Adoración!

YouCanBe Thu 29-Nov-12 09:58:02

I think Dora is nice actually, and there are quite a few options of longer names you could give to get it as a nn.
Dora the Explorer seems like a nice girl!!

MolotovCocktail Thu 29-Nov-12 10:33:07

I'd go for Isadora, if I were you, as I'm not keen on the 'Dora the Explorer' link. The name is so intrinsically related to the show, and your DD will be from a generation who know this.

And the other thing is that Isadora is a beautiful name smile

Janeatthebarre Thu 29-Nov-12 17:01:03

I don't like the name Dora but May is lovely. Would your DH go for that name, which would also be after your grandmother?

SneezySnatcher Thu 29-Nov-12 19:31:34

I love Dora and Theodora.

Isadora is beautiful too, but it also makes me think of the kids' show Wizadora.

KatzGold Thu 29-Nov-12 19:34:45

I love both names.

The Dora the explorer link isn't a bad one to me, i think she's a great character

MolotovCocktail Thu 29-Nov-12 20:12:50

Isadora/We adore her/You're the one who can brighten up our day
So you're an 80s kid then, too, Sneezy? smile

MrsBucketxx Thu 29-Nov-12 20:15:49

i was singing the wizadora theme tune too, grin

dora reminds me of the explorer. sorry

BandersnatchCummerbund Thu 29-Nov-12 20:20:27

Isadora is stunning.
Dora is pretty, and a family name so will be meaningful for her as she grows up. I know a 20-something Dora, so it's old-fashioned but not unheard-of.

Think you should definitely go for it.

ditzydrawers Thu 29-Nov-12 20:25:13

Dora May as it is is gorgeous, I think! My grandma also died during my pregnancy. It is really tough so you have my sympathies.

MmeLindor Thu 29-Nov-12 20:28:42

I think both names are lovely.

Is Dora the Explorer still as popular? I think that it is a reaction that you will get from people with 6 to 10 yo DC.

MolotovCocktail Thu 29-Nov-12 20:44:24

MmeLindor, my eldest DD is almost 4yo and she's a huge Dora fan: it's regularly on Nickelodeon. I don't see it's popularity waning, either.

MrsTomHardy Thu 29-Nov-12 20:50:54

I love the name Dora....

Welovecouscous Thu 29-Nov-12 20:54:56

Love Dora smile

SneezySnatcher Thu 29-Nov-12 20:59:43

Molotov oh yes!

<May try and catch an episode on YouTube>

Theala Thu 29-Nov-12 21:00:00

Isadora May is gorgeous.

Devora Thu 29-Nov-12 21:05:20

I love Dora. I really, really wanted to call dd1 Dora, but my dp vetoed it. I regret not using it - it would have really suited her.

AnnIonicIsoTronic Thu 29-Nov-12 21:06:50

Nice classic name with a meaningful reason. Go for it.

nametakenagain Thu 29-Nov-12 21:08:11

I think its a great plan, too. There's a Harry Potter Dora, short for Nymphadora(!) but she's a hero.

suebfg Thu 29-Nov-12 21:09:18

Dora was my Grandma's name so I do like it. I prefer Isadora as a more modern version though

I like Dora on it's own, too.

Could also be short for
Dorothea, Dorothy

Or Doris/Doreen grin

lynzie68 Thu 29-Nov-12 23:13:26

My best friend is laura, my little girl calls her aunty dora,
It grew on me and her and Laura is now dora officially to pretty much everyone.
My child's logic was Laura and Dora rhyme lol so in a longway I guess I'm saying Laura could be a possibility for you?

MolotovCocktail Fri 30-Nov-12 09:35:00

How funny lynzie, youve reminded me of a girl I used to know called Laura whose Dad NNed her 'Laura-Dora'.

Laura is a lovely name, well overdue a revival; I think we've established it has the same sound-quality to Dora.

Laura could be another option?

ScrambledSmegs Fri 30-Nov-12 09:38:31

Dora makes me think of Follyfoot.

<shows age>

I think it's beautiful, and Dorothea was on my short list for DC2. Sadly vetoed by DH.

badtime Fri 30-Nov-12 10:54:20

I used to know someone called 'Doria', which I think is a nice variant.

Also, 'Dorian' is unisex, so you could consider that for a boy too...

AngelOne Fri 30-Nov-12 11:24:14

My Grandma was called Dora too smile
It's a lovely name and I hope to use it if I ever have another girl.

EskimoPie Fri 30-Nov-12 19:24:30

I know a baby Dora of Greek parentage - lovely name!

But as an Australian growing up in the 70s I still think of the learn-to-read books Dick and Dora. "Look at Dora run. Run, Dora, run!" grin

ChippingInLovesAutumn Fri 30-Nov-12 19:31:05

I think it would be a lovely thing to do, but I'd also expect a fair bit of teasing re 'Dora the Explorer' - but to a certain extent, if it's not that it'll be something else wont it smile

I had an Aunty Dora - she was a great aunt, she was in her 80's when I was a teenager, she was lovely smile

ChippingInLovesAutumn Fri 30-Nov-12 19:32:31

Oh, I like Isodora, it's quite pretty, but I wouldn't use it because the 'joke' would also follow in my head (Isodora - no it's a wall)

Iris1 Fri 30-Nov-12 21:10:37

Isadora is gorgeous!!
Don't worry about the connection lots of names have them and tbh if poople/children are going to make fun of someone they will do it regardless of there being a pop culture etc reference so best thing is to be brave, use the beautiful name and make sure your daughter knows how wonderful it is and who shes named after.

Theodora is lovely too.
Pandora - Goddess name meaning beautiful, I think its lovely!

GrrrArghZzzzYaayforall8nights Fri 30-Nov-12 21:50:04

Isadora is lovely smile My DH's grandmother is also called Dora, and names related to it are very big on that side of his family (they also keep a long family tree with fascinating names):

Dorathea, Dorothy, Theodora, Theadora, Adora (which we were thinking of using if DS2 had been a girl), Dorianne, Eudora, Leadora. Dory/Dorie shows up quite a bit though likely a nickname for one of the other names.

There are also lots of similar masculine names like Theodor, Doran, Dorian, Amidor.

birdofthenorth Fri 30-Nov-12 21:54:06

Love adorable, despite The Explorer being on loop in our house.

I like Isadora too, although it's a very different sort of name, Dora to me is cute and homely, Isadora is pretty and posh. Although if you go with Isadora nn Dora she gets both depending on the occasion.

Sorry for the loss of your Grandma. I think it's lovely to name your little girl after her.

Thanks for your replies everybody, and sorry for my brief disappearing act!

I do love Isadora, but it feels more like a character in a story that my daughter, if that makes sense (and I also think of Wizadora!) I'm not sure it really suits us, and the more I think about it, if I am going to name my daughter after my Gran then I should just call her Dora May ;)

Until now the frontrunners have been Iris, which has always been my favourite girl's name, and Aoife, as DH is Irish and we have a lot of Eva's in our family, which I believe it is the equivalent of.

Not convinced Dora the Explorer will still be around by the time she’s old enough to feel embarrassed by it (which I’m guessing will be preteens) – there’s twelve years difference between me and my youngest sister and she's never heard of the things I used to watch - she doesn't even remember the CBBC broom cupboard! No ... wait ... she did used to watch my old Dogtanian VHS, which my Dad has lovingly preserved, for some ungodly reason....

Of course, it will probably be a boy, and all this worrying will have been for nothing! Then I will be faced with the thorny issue of DH’s obsession with the name Jeremiah (who in my book was a bullfrog, not a baby)


Dora the Explorer is preschool isn't it? My 20mo is a huge fan. She goes do do and points at the TV!

AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 04-Dec-12 13:01:49

Hyphenate it (& be a bit Mumzilla about empahsising the hyphen).

Dora-May no longer rhymes with 'explorer' or hums along to Wizadora and just becomes a pretty name in the Granny-chic mould.

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