What does Mara mean?
Mara [mara] 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.
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67 more related forms via Mary, Tamara: Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mame▼, Mamie▼, Manon, Manya, Marabel, Mare, Maree, Marella, Maren, Maretta, Maria▼, Mariam▲, Marian▼, Mariana, Mariann, Marice, Marie▼, Mariel, Mariela▼, Marilla, Marin, Marion▼, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza▼, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla▼, Marlo▼, Marya, Maryann▼, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Maurita, Mavra, May▼, Mayme▼, Mayra▼, Mayria, Mimi, Miriam, Moira, Moire, Moll, Morag, Moya, Muire, Murial, Tama, Tamar, Tamera▼, Tamma, Tamora, Tamra▼ and Tamrah.Creative forms:
(female) Maca, Myrra, ..
(male) Mamar, Marama, .. Middle name pairings:
Mara Ashlyn (M.A.), ..
How popular is Mara?
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 (#10196 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Mara was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #539 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #739 presently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Mara (#739 from recent data) are Naomi (#77 from recent data), Maria (#109), Mary (#124), Miriam (#294), Mariana (#296), Malia (#313), Amara (#461), Mariam (#563), Marie (#564), Marian (#1104), Maren (#1113), Maritza (#1201), Mayra (#1275), Tamara (#1332), Damaris (#1428), Marin (#1471), Maura (#1490), Marion (#1527), Mariela (#1560), Moira (#1645), May (#1658), Maryann (#1809), Mariel (#1839), Mayme, Tama, Tamar, Mimi, Tamera, Tamra, Mariska, Maree, Mari, Marah, Mamie, Mame, Mariann, Marilla, Maryjo, Marlo, Marla, Marita and Maureen. Other variants, like Maurita, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Mara was widespread during 1890-1899 (median #1471) and has become much diminished since (#1441, ▼89.9%), with forms such as Damaris falling out of fashion. Naomi, Amara, Mariam and Mara are four of the more contemporarily stylish girl names in this list.
Mara▲ is pronounced similarly to Maery, Maira, Maraya, Maurie, Meara, Meera, Meerah, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Merry▼, Mira▲, Mirah, Mireya▼, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moraia, Moria, Moriah, Moyra, Myra▼ and Myrah. Other recommended 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.