Bora is a multi-cultural name with various meanings depending on the origin:
- it’s a Turkish male name meaning “storm, squall” which ultimately derives from Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind. Boreas means “north wind” which seems to be derived from an unknown origin, either from Proto-Slavic *gorà (mountain; hill; any mountainous elevation) or a PIE root word; Bora is the name of a northern to north-eastern wind in the Adriatic;
- Bora is also an Albanian female name meaning “snow” via borë (snow) via Proto-Albanian, possibly derived from an Illyrian source;
- Bora (보라) is also a Korean female name meaning “purple” though there are likely other meanings depending on the hanja used;
- Bora Bora is the name of a group of islands of French Polynesia. The name is derived from Tahitian Pora pora mai te pora meaning “created by the gods”. Abbreviated to Pora Pora, meaning “firstborn”, the p became a b when British explorer James Cook mishead it as Bora Bora;
- Bora is also an Indian surname possibly of Arabic origin or possibly from a locational name from a village called Bora in Punjab. It comes from a Punjabi word, bohr, referring to the banyan tree, derived from a Sanskrit origin.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Proto-Albanian, possibly Illyrian, Korean, Tahitian, Sanskrit
- Bo-ra (Korean)