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- proper n. A female given name. Mainly used in the U.S.A. in the latter half of the 19th century.
First appeared in the nineteenth century when similar sounding names like Cora, Dora and Nora were in fashion. Possibly shortened from Aurelia, sometimes spelled Ora Lee, or Aura Lea in the American civil war song. (Wiktionary)