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What does Mara mean?

Mara Pronunciation of Mara as a girls' name is pronounced MAHR-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mara is "bitter". Biblical: Naomi claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband Elimelech and sons Mahlon and Chilion. May also be used as variant of Mary and as a short form of Tamara. Also form of Amara. Also form of Damaris.




VARIANTS Mahra, Marah, Maralina, Maralinda, Maraline, Mari, Marra

SEE ALSO Maureen, Naomi

RELATED FORMS VIA MARY, TAMARA Mair, Maire, Mal, Malia, Mame, Mamie, Manon, Manya, Marabel, Mare, Maree, Marella, Maren, Maretta, Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann, Marice, Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marilla, Marin, Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritsa, Maritza, Marja, Marjan, Marje, Marla, Marlo, Marya, Maryann, Maryjo, Marylu, Marysa, Maryse, Marysia, Masha, Maura, Maure, Maurita, Mavra, May, Mayme, Mayra, Mayria, Mimi, Miriam, Moira, Moire, Moll, Morag, Moya, Muire, Murial, Tama, Tamar, Tamera, Tamma, Tamora, Tamra, Tamrah



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How popular is Mara?

Mara is a very popular first name for females (#937 out of 4276, Top 22%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#10196 out of 150436, Top 7%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Mara was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its apex rank of #539 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #681 presently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Mara (#681 FROM RECENT DATA) are Naomi (#64), Maria (#116), Mary (#126), Amara (#193), Malia (#254), Mariana (#286), Miriam (#303), Mariam (#548), Marie (#576), Maren (#607), Marian (#1210), Marin (#1382), Damaris (#1490), Mayra (#1501), Mariela (#1547), Maura (#1576), Marion (#1605), Moira (#1606), May (#1645), Maritza (#1682), Tamara (#1797), Mari (#1861), Maryann (#1934), Marlo (#1980), Tamar, Mimi, Tama, Tamera, Mayme, Mariska, Maureen, Maryjo, Marla, Marita, Marilla, Mariel, Mariann, Maree, Marah, Mamie, Mame and Tamra. Other variants, like Maurita, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Mara was widespread during 1910-1919 (MEDIAN #1433) and has become much diminished since (#1455, 87.7%), with forms such as Marion falling out of fashion. The most fashionable names for newborns among these are Amara, Naomi, Malia, Maren, Mariam and Mara.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mara, Amara, Damaris, Malia, Mame in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mamie, Marah, Maree, Maren, Mari in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Marian, Mariana, Mariann in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marie, Mariel, Mariela, Marilla, Marin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marion, Mariska, Marita, Maritza, Marla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Marlo, Mary, Maryann, Maryjo, Maura in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Maureen, May, Mayme, Mayra, Mimi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Miriam, Moira, Naomi, Tama, Tamar in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tamara, Tamera, Tamra in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Maria, Mariam, Mary, Naomi outside U.S.

Similar Names

Mara is pronounced similarly to Maery, Maira, Maraya, Maurie, Meara, Meera, Meerah, Meira, Mera, Merah, Merri, Merry, Mira, Mirah, Mireya, Miri, Mirra, Mora, Morah, Moraia, Moria, Moriah, Moyra, Myra and Myrah. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bara, Cara, Dara, Fara, Iara, Kara, Lara, Mada, Madra, Maia, Maja, Mala, Marfa, Marg, Marga, Marna, Mart, Marta, Marva, Mata, Maya, Sara, Tara, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less frequently used than Mara.