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Tara 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 names Tamara and Taryn.
Baby names that sound like Tara are Dara, Taura, Tera, Tyra, Teara and Tora.
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Popularity of Tara
Tara is a very popular first name for women (#203 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#59804 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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