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What does Tara mean?

Tara Pronunciation of Tara 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 this was probably why Margaret Mitchell 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH gaelic, hill (mountain), star, ancient (old), stone (rock), kings (queen), mythology


VARIANTS Tarah, Taralyn, Taralynn, Tarra, Tarrah

SEE ALSO Tamara, Taryn

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA TERRA Tera, Terah, Terrah, Tiera, Tierra



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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Tara entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its peak rank of #43 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is presently at #1031. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Tara (#1031 FROM RECENT DATA) listed in the Top 2000 are Tamara (#1797), Tarah, Tarra, Taryn (#1504), Tera, Terra, Tiera and Tierra. Adoption of these relations of Tara was at its most widespread during the years 1970-1979 (ADOPTION OF 0.7%) and has become significantly reduced since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tara, Tamara, Tarah, Tarra, Taryn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Tera, Terra, Tiera, Tierra in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Tara is alike in pronunciation to Taree, Taura, Teara, Terea, Teree, Teri, Terie, Terri, Terry, Terrya, Tiairra, Tiara, Tiarah, Tiarra, Tiyaira, Tora, Tori, Toria, Torie, Torri, Torry, Tory, Tyra, Tyree and Tyria. Other suggested similar-sounding 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, Tru, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Tara.

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