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What does Tamara mean?

Tamara /ta-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 has 18 variants: Tama, Tamar, Tamarah, Tamarra, Tamary, Tamera, Tamma, Tammara, Tammi, Tammy, Tamora, Tamra, Tamrah, Tamryn, Thamar, Thamara, Thamarra and Thamera.

Tamara has 5 more different relations via Mara, Tara: Mahra, Marra, Tarah, Tarra and Tarrah.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Talmara, Tamata, ..

(male) Tamaro, Tamaty, ..

How popular is Tamara?

Tamara is a very prominent first name for females (#229 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#116123 out of 150436, Top 77%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name statistics of Tamara for girls. Tamara was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #90 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #1383. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tamara name in U.S.

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

Mara (#695 in 2014), Tara (#912), Tamra, Tarra, Tarah, Tammy, Tammara, Tama, Tamar, Tamera and Tammi are the prominent related forms of Tamara (#1383 in 2014) ranked in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Marra, are uncommon. These relations of Tamara were favored as birth names in the 1960s (usage of 1.8%) and have become much less widespread since, with forms like Tammi becoming somewhat outmoded. Tara is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Mara has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tamara, Mara, Tama, Tamar, Tamera in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tammara, Tammi, Tammy, Tamra, Tara in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tarah, Tarra in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Tamara is alike in pronunciation to Temira, Temora and Timora. Other recommended names are Amara, Babara, Camala, Camaran, Damara, Hadara, Jamari, Kaara, Kamara, Kamari, Kanara, Lacara, Makara, Marmara, Nahara, Pamala, Sagara, Sahara, Samala, Samara, Samaria, Samira, Sammara, Semara, Shamara, Tahira, Tajana, Talora, Tameka, Tamica, Tamika, Tanaia, Tanaya, Tashara, Taura, Tawana, Teara, Tianara, Tiara, Tifara and Zahara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Tamara.