What does Tamara mean?
Tamara \t(a)-ma-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced TAM-a-rah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Tamara is "date palm". Russian variant of Tamar. Biblical: Tamar was a daughter of King David and sister to Absalom. See also Mara and Tara. Skiing athlete Tamara McKinney; author Tama Janowitz.
Tamara is a very prominent first name for females (#229 out of 4276, Top 5%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Tamara for girls. Tamara was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #86 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Mara (#695 in 2014), Tara (#912), Tarah, Tamra, Tammy, Tammi, Mari and Tamera are the prominent related forms of Tamara ranked in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Tara, Tamara, Tamra, Tammy and Tammi becoming somewhat outmoded. Mara (#695) is the most fashionable girl name here. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Tamara and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)