Meaning and Name Origin
Mara \m(a)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced MAHR-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mara is "bitter". Biblical: Naomi claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband Elimelech and sons Mahlon and Chilion. May also be used as variant of Mary and as a short form of Tamara.
Mara▲ has 34 more related forms via Mary, Tamara: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia▲, Mame, Manya, Mare, Maree, Maren, Maria, Mariam▲, Marian▼, Marie▼, Marin, Marita, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Marysa, Masha, Maura▼, Maure, Mavra, May▼, Mayra▼, Mayria, Moira, Morag, Moya, Tama and Tamra▼.
Mara is a very popular first name for females (#937 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#12008 out of 88799, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Mara for girls. Mara was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex rank of #539 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #695 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mara and associated names. Prominent related forms of Mara (#695 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Naomi (#80 last year), Maria (#115), Mary (#120), Malia (#345), Amara (#513), Mariam (#568), Marie (#579), Maureen, Maura, May, Moira, Mayra, Tamra, Tamara, Marin, Maren, Mame, Damaris, Mari, Marian, Marla, Marita and Marlo. Adoption of these girl names was at its apex during 1960-1969 and has become much less since, with forms such as Mayra, Damaris, Tamara, Marie and May falling out of fashion. The most fashionable names for newborns among these are Mariam (#568), Amara (#513), Mara (#695), Naomi (#80) and Malia (#345), with Naomi undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Mara▲ is pronounced similarly to Maery, Maira▼, Mairi, Maraya, Mariah▲, Meara, Meera, Meira, Mera, Merah, Mira▲, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moria, Moyra, Myra▼ and Myrah. Other recommended similar baby names are Bara, Cara▼, Dara▼, Fara, Iara, Kara▲, Lara▼, Mada, Madra, Maia▲, Maja, Mala, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Marna, Mart, Marta▼, Marva▼, Mata, Maya▲, Sara, Tara▼, Yara and Zara▲. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mara.