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Alternative forms[edit]


An English patronymic surname derived from an Old Norse given name Kori of uncertain meaning. In Ireland Anglicised from Irish Ó Comhraidhe, "descendant of Comhraidhe", a name with equally uncertain meaning.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 2005 Robert L. Fried, The Game of School, Jossey-bass, →ISBN, page 42:
      On another poster are the names of the new class — unusual names (at least to me) like Wen Qi, Elijah, Yoav, Noni, Koray, Cai Ying and Julissa, along with more common names like Cory, Betty, Tammy, Jordan, Jeffrey, and Andrew.
  3. (less common than the male name) A female given name transferred from the surname, also a pet form of Cora, Corinne and similar sounding names.
    • 1991 Clark D. Neher, Southeast Asia in the New International Era, Westview Press, →ISBN, page 58:
      Corazon "Cory" Aquino, the widow of the martyred Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., emerged as the person around whom all the oppositionists could coalesce.
    • 1998 Robyn Amos, Into the Night, →ISBN, page 61:
      I went to high school with a girl named Corrine, though, and everyone called her Cory


Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges : A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press 1988.