What does Tara mean?
Tara /tara/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' 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.
How popular is Tara?
Tara is a very prominent first name for women (#203 out of 4276, Top 5%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#39946 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Tara for girls. Tara entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its peak rank of #43 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #912. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Tara and related names. Prominent related forms of Tara (#912 last year) listed in the Top 1000 are Tamara, Tarah, Taryn (#853 last year), Tera, Terra, Tiera and Tierra. Adoption of these girl names was at its most widespread during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.4889%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.0294%, ▼94%), with versions such as Tamara, Tara, Taryn, Tiera and Tierra falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Tara▼ is alike in pronunciation to Taree, Taura, Teara, Terea, Teri▼, Tiara▼, Tiarah, Tiarra, 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.