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What does Dara mean?

Dara /dara/ as a girls' name is pronounced DAR-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Dara is "nugget of wisdom".

Biblical: the name of a descendant of Judah noted for his wisdom. Also, Dara and Darra are Gaelic names meaning "oak tree". The name has a resemblance to Sarah and Farrah. See also Derry. Olympic swimmer Dara Torres.


Dara has 11 variants: Darah, Darda, Dareen, Daria, Darian, Darice, Darissa, Darra, Darragh, Darrah and Darya.

Dara has 32 more different relations via Farrah, Sarah: Fara, Farah, Farra, Saira, Sairah, Sal, Sara, Sarai, Saraia, Saran, Sarena, Sarha, Sarhah, Sari, Saria, Sarie, Sarika, Sarina, Sarita, Sarka, Sarra, Sarrah, Sasa, Sera, Serah, Shara, Shari, Zahra, Zara, Zarah, Zaria and Zarita.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Dada, Dera, ..

(male) Dada, Daroy, ..

How popular is Dara?

Dara is a very popular first name for females (#1155 out of 4276, Top 27%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#43629 out of 150436, Top 29%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the birth name statistics of Dara for girls. Dara entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #623 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dara outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Dara and corresponding names. Daria (#1910 in 2014), Darian, Darice, Farah (#1466), Farrah (#759), Saira, Sara (#167), Sarah (#50), Sarai (#447), Sarena, Sari, Sarina (#1469), Sarita, Sarrah, Sera, Shara, Shari, Zahra (#916), Zara (#422) and Zaria (#860) are the prominent alternative forms of Dara. These relations of Dara were popular 34 years ago (median #1437) and have become significantly less popular since (#1450, 78% less usage). Sarah has been the most popular choice, though Sarai has become trendy as well over time, while versions like Dara are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dara, Daria, Darian, Darice, Farah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Farrah, Saira, Sara, Sarah, Sarai in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sarena, Sari, Sarina, Sarita, Sarrah in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sera, Shara, Shari, Zahra, Zara, Zaria in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Sara, Sarah, Zahra, Zara outside U.S.

Similar Names


Dara is pronounced similarly to Daeira, Daira, Dari, Dayeera, Deora, Dora, Dorae, Dorah, Dorea, Doree, Dorey, Dori, Doria, Dorie, Doro, Dorri, Dorria, Dorry, Dory and Doura. Other suggested similar names are Bara, Bera, Cara, Ceara, Chara, Clara, Cora, Dacia, Dada, Dahl, Dail, Daina, Dale, Dama, Dana, Danay, Danea, Dani, Darb, Darla, Darnae, Daya, Dayah, Dayha, Deka, Dela, Deva, Devra, Diana, Dore, Dova, Drea, Dru, Iara, Idra, Kaira, Kara, Lara, Larra, Maira, Mara, Marra, Maura, Mavra, Nera, Ora, Rora, Sahra, Siara, Tara, Teara, Tyra, Yaira, Yara and Zaira. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dara.