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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, mother-in-law of Ruth, claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband and sons. 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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#12008 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Mara for girls (2015 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. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Amara, Damaris, Mara, Mari, Mary, Maureen, Naomi and Tamara. (2015 statistics).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Amara, Mara, Mary, Naomi, 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.


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