What does Mara mean?
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 (#10196 out of 150436, Top 7%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Mara and associated names. Prominent related forms of Mara (#695 last year) 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 (usage of 0.3926%) and has become much less since (usage 0.2077%, down 47.1%), with forms such as Mayra, Damaris, Tamara, Marie and Marian falling out of fashion. The most fashionable names for newborns among these are Mariam (#568), Amara (#513), Mara (#695), Naomi (#80) and Malia (#345), and there is also a resurgence in baby name usage for Naomi. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.