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Meaning and name origin

Mara \m(a)-ra\ as a girl's 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 7 variant forms: Mahra, Marah, Maralina, Maralinda, Maraline, Mari and Marra.

For more information, see also related girl names Maureen, Naomi, Amara and Damaris.


Mara is a very popular first name for females (#937 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12008 out of 88799, Top 14%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mara for girls (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Mara name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mara and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Naomi (#80), Mary (#120), Amara (#513), Mara (#695), Damaris, Mari, Tamara and Maureen. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Naomi, Mary, Amara, Mara, Damaris, Mari, Tamara, Maureen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Naomi, Mary, Amara, Mara, Tamara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mara is also pronounced similarly to Maery, Maira, Mairi, Maraya, Maree, Maria, Mariah, Marie, Marya, Maura, Mayra, Mayria, Meara, Meera, Meira, Mera, Merah, Mira, Mirah, Miri, Mirra, Moira, Mora, Morah, Moria, Moyra, Myra and Myrah. Other suggested similar baby names are Bara, Cara, Dara, Fara, Iara, Kara, Lara, Mada, Madra, Maia, Mair, Maire, Maja, Mala, Mare, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Marja, Marla, Marna, Mart, Marta, Marva, Mata, Maure, Mavra, Maya, Sara, Tara, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Mara.