Thora

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Old Norse
Eng (THORE-ah); Fare/Ice (THOH-rah); Nor/Swe (TOH-rah)

The name is derived from the Old Norse, Þóra, a feminine form of Þórr, meaning, “thunder.”

In Norse legend the name is born by Thora Town-Heart, known in Norse as Þóra Borgarhjörtr, the daughter of Herrauðr, the Earl of Götland. According to the legend, Thora was held captive in her room by a serpant. Her father promised that any man who was able to kill the serpent could marry his daughter. Ragnar Loðbrók took up the challenge and was successful in killing the serpent and married Thora.

Its Faroese form of Tóra is currently the 7th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.

Other forms of the name include:

  • Thora (English/German/Scandinavian)
  • Tóra (Faroese/Old Norse)
  • Þóra (Icelandic/Old Norse)
  • Tore (Norwegian)
  • Torø (Norwegian)
  • Tora (Scandinavian)

The name is also borne by American actress, Thora Birch (b.1981) and the late British actress, Dame Thora Hird (1911-2003).