Name: Pandora Grace
What name you go by: Pandora, or even sometimes Dora.
Ethnic background: Australian, English
Place of birth: Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Year of birth: 1989
Popularity of name: Pandora has never ranked in the top 1000
Meaning/origins of name: In Greek mythology Pandora was the first woman, and disobeyed the command of the Gods by opening a container. That “Pandora’s box” released all the evils of mankind into the world.
Why did your parents choose this name for you? They were big fans of Greek mythology, and they thought that the name would be more usable than Aphrodite!
Does your family have any naming traditions? No
What names have people called you based on your name? Well, obviously people have insulted me for ‘opening the box’ I have also had a few Dora the explorer insults. By mistake people have called me Penny, Penelope, Flora, Nora and even Doreen
Do you like your name? Yes! I love the story behind my name. I have known millions of Susans and Jessica’s in my lifetime and the only person I know with Pandora as a name.
Did you have times in your life where you felt differently about your name? Yes, I have always been surrounded with people who have either really common or just stuck up names such as Georgiania and Priscilla. So having Pandora makes me stick out.
Have you had difficulty with others understanding your name? Not really as the story is quite popular in modern culture. I have been called ‘Panadora’ before.
If you could change your name to anything, what would it be? I might add another name after Grace, which would probably be Anneliese.
Any stories about your name? In classical Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on Earth. Zeus ordered Hephaestus, the god of craftsmanship, to create her, so he did—using water and Earth. The gods endowed her with many gifts: Athena clothed her, Aphrodite gave her beauty, and Hermes gave her speech. Blah blah.