Cor, Blimey!


I’ve a particular affinity for names ending -ora, notably Nora, Flora and Cora; the latter is the inspiration behind today’s musings. In the French language, if someone tells you that you’ve something wrong with your coeur, I advise you get to a doctor quickly since coeur is the French word for heart. It’s pronounced differently to how one would say cor in the blog title, since coeur is said like KER, as in, the boost system from F1 cars. Cor is pronounced like core, as in, apple core.

Cora is pronounced similarly to the latter, and is likely to have been penned by James Fenimore Cooper for his 1826 novel, The Last of the Mohicans. Speculation has it that he based the name on either Korë or Corinna. The former is another name for the goddess Persephone, and it’s worth noting that the name means maiden.

So, let’s us now ponder on a handful more names from the Class of Cor, and one should note now to the uninitiated, cor blimey is a slang expression of surprise or gratitude.


The Latin word for harmony, although it literally translates as with heart. Concordia was the Roman Goddess of harmony, and her Greek equivalent is Harmonia and her opposite is Discordia.


A coral reef is considered to be one of the most fragile of ecosystems in the world. It forms from a hard, stony substance secreted by certain marine specimens as an external skeleton, which typically forms large reefs in warm seas as a result. In times gone by, precious red coral was used in jewellery, and still is.


The meaning of this name is uncertain, although according to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cordeilla was the youngest of the three daughters of King Lear. When Shakespeare adapted the character for his play, King Lear, he also altered the spelling to Cordelia. She could be linked to Cordula, the name of a 4th-century saint, whose name is thought to come from Latin word cor, which means heart.


The female form of the name Cornelius. It comes from the Latin element cornu, which means horn.

Any favourites I didn’t mention?

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4 thoughts on “Cor, Blimey!

  1. Awkward Turtle

    Corinne and Corinna! I like all of these though.


  2. I love -oras too :).

    Most of the names in Geoffrey come from Welsh, and I am 99.9% convinced that his Cordeilla came from the Welsh Creuddylad, meaning “heart-pledge”; the first element meaning “heart” — craidd in Modern Welsh — is cognate with the Latin cor (and French coeur).

    Anyway other favourite Cors (or should that be Corrs, whom I do love too :D)… I like Corbin and Corbinian. I also have a soft spot for Cornelian and Cormac.


  3. namemuststay

    The movie Corinna, Corinna left a special place in my hear for that name! And like Nook, I love Cormac.

    I love the way Corin sounds (core-in, male), but not the way it looks…


  4. Cordelia and Coraline are lovely.

    There’s also the name Cordula, one of St Ursula’s companions. That looks like a heart name as well.


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