Dora

August 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

ORIGIN:
Diminutive of “Dorothy“, “Isadora”, “Theodora”, “Dorcas“, “Doris”, “Dolores”, etc.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Dede, Dee, Ditte, Dittie, Ditty, Dodie, Dody, Doll, Dollie, Dolly, Dolores, Dorcas, Doreen, Dorelle, Dorene, Dorete, Doretta, Dorie, Dorinda, Dorine, Doris, Dorit, Dorita, Doro, Dorota, Dorothea, Dorothy, Dorte, Dorthe, Dory, Dosia, Dot, Dottie, Dotty, Feodora, Isadora, Isidora, Teodora, Theodora, etc.

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
Great Aunt Dora, Etka’s kid sister, “maybe the most affectionate woman who ever lived”, in Sleeping Arrangements, by Laura Cunningham (published 1989, set in the 1950s).
Dora Robson, a good-humored, slightly snobbish Boston girl in “That Little Smith Girl” from Nora Perry’s A Flock of Girls and Boys (1895).

WRITERS:
Dora Acuña (1903-1987), Paraguayan journalist and poet.
Dora (Doralina) Alonso (1910-2001), Cuban journalist and writer.
Dora Birtles (1903-1992), Australian novelist, poet, short story author, and travel writer.
Dora d’Istria (1828-1888), pen name of Hungarian activist and writer, the duchess Helena Koltsova-Massalskaya.
Dora Gabe (1886-1983), Bulgarian essayist, poet, short story writer, translator, and travel writer.
Dora Read Goodale (1866-1953), American poet and teacher.
Dora (Dorothy) Greenwell (1821-1882), English poet.
Dora Heldt (b. 1961), German novelist.
Dora Maar (1907-1997), Argentinian muse, painter, photographer, and poet.
Dora Malech (b. 1981), American poet.
Dora (Dorothy) Montefiore (1851-1933), Anglo-Australian activist, poet, and writer.
Dora Levy Mossanen (b. 1945), American novelist.
Dora Pavel (b. 1946), Romanian journalist, novelist, poet, and short story writer.
Dora Russell (1894-1986), English activist and writer.
Dora Oake Russell (1912-1986), Canadian editor, educator, and writer.
Dora Jessie Saint (1913-2012), English novelist who published under the pen name “Miss Read”.
Dora Sigerson Shorter (1866-1918), Irish poet and sculptor.
Dora (Theodora) van der Meiden-Coolsma (1918-2001), Dutch children’s book author and columnist who also published under the pen name “Constanze Hazelager”.
Dora Van Gelder (1904-1999), Dutch-American occultist, theosophist, and writer.
Dora Wasserman (1919-2003), Ukrainian actress, director, and playwright.

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