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Meaning and name origin

Tara \t(a)-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced TAH-rah. It is of Gaelic and Sanskrit origin, and the meaning of Tara is "hill; star". Ancient Tara was the site of the "stone of destiny" on which Irish kings resided, and Margaret Mitchell probably had this in mind when she named the fictional home of Scarlett O'Hara in her 1936 novel "Gone With the Wind". Hindu mythology: Tara is one of the names of the wife of Shiva. See also Terra. Actress Tara Reid.

Tara has 5 variant forms: Tarah, Taralyn, Taralynn, Tarra and Tarrah.

For more information, see also related girl names Tamara and Taryn.


Tara is a very popular first name for females (#203 out of 4276, Top 5%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#59804 out of 88799, Top 67%) (2000 U.S. Census).

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

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Tara and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Taryn (#853), Tara (#912), Tamara, Tarah and Terra. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Taryn, Tara, Tamara, Tarah, Terra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Taryn, Tara, Tamara outside U.S.

Similar Names

Tara is also pronounced similarly to Taree, Taura, Teara, Tera, Terah, Terea, Teri, Tiara, Tiarah, Tiarra, Tiera, Tora, Tori, Toria, Tory, Tyra and Tyria. Other suggested similar baby names are Bara, Cara, Dara, Fara, Iara, Kara, Lara, Mara, Sara, Tada, Tahira, Taja, Tama, Tamra, Tana, Taran, Tasa, Tava, Taya, Thora, Thyra, Tiare, Trea, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tara.


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