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What does Dara mean?

Dara Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: wisdom, biblical, gaelic.


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

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.

Creative forms:
(female) Dala, Dera, ..

(male) Dala, Daroy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dara Kierra (D.K.), ..

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)

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, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Daria (#1681 in 2015), Darian, Darice, Farah (#1367), Farrah (#780), Saira, Sara (#162), Sarah (#58), Sarai (#440), Sarena, Sari, Sarina (#1342), Sarita, Sarrah, Sera, Shara, Shari, Zahra (#690), Zara (#402), Zarah (#1779) and Zaria (#872) are the prominent alternative forms of Dara. These relations of Dara were popular 35 years ago (median #1462) and have become significantly less popular since (#1435, 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 in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Zarah, 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.

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