Bora (Korean name)

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Hangul 보라
Revised Romanization Bo-ra
McCune–Reischauer Pora

Bora is a Korean feminine given name. Unlike most Korean given names, which are composed of two single-syllable Sino-Korean morphemes each written with one hanja, Bora is an indigenous Korean name (고유어 이름): a single two-syllable word meaning "purple".[1][2] It is one of a number of such native names, along with others such as Ha-neul, ("sky"), Seul-ki ("wisdom"), and Sora ("conch shell"), that have become more popular in South Korea in recent decades.[1] In some cases, however, parents also choose to register hanja to represent the name, picking them solely for their pronunciation (for example, , with hanja meaning "jewel" and "net", respectively). There are 18 hanja with the reading "bo" and 14 hanja with the reading "ra" on the South Korean government's official list of hanja which may used in given names.[3]

People with this given name include:

  • Geum Bo-ra (born Son Mi-ja, 1961), South Korean actress
  • Bora Yoon (born 1980), American experimental musician of Korean descent
  • Hwang Bo-ra (born 1983), South Korean actress
  • Lee Bo-ra (born 1986), South Korean speed skater
  • Jin Bora (born 1987), South Korean jazz pianist
  • Sunday (singer) (born Jin Bora, 1987), South Korean singer, member of The Grace
  • Shin Bora (born 1987), South Korean comedian
  • Nam Bo-ra (born 1989), South Korean actress
  • Yoon Bora (born 1990), South Korean pop singer, former member of Sistar
  • Kim Bo-ra (born 1995), South Korean actress

See also


  1. ^ a b Jeon, Su-tae (2009-10-19). "사람 이름 짓기" [Making a name]. The Hankyoreh. Archived from the original on 2014-04-16. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  2. ^ "보라". Naver Korean Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
  3. ^ "인명용 한자표" [Table of hanja for use in personal names] (PDF). South Korea: Supreme Court. Retrieved 2013-10-17.
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