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What does Ira mean?

Ira /ira/ as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Ira) is pronounced EYE-rah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ira is "full-grown; watchful". Biblical: the name of a priest or chief minister to King David. Lyricist Ira Gershwin.

Associated with: biblical, priest (monk), chief (leader), king


Kreatif forms:
(male) Ioaira, Ioara, ..

(female) Iraia, Irla, ..

How popular is Ira?

Ira is a very prominent first name for males (#351 out of 1220, Top 29%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#57544 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Shown below is the baby name history of Ira for boys. Ira reached its peak rank of #72 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1159. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Similar Names


Ira is alike in pronunciation to Aaro, Ara, Ari, Arie, Ario, Arri, Arry, Ary, Arye, Aryo, Eero, Eri, Erie, Oro, Orry, Uri, Uria, Uriah, Yuri, Yuria and Yury. Other recommended names are Irl, Irv and Isa. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ira.