[ 2 syll. ma-ra, mar-a ] The baby girl name Mara is pronounced MAARAH †. Mara is of Old Greek and Hebrew origin. It is used mainly in English, Hebrew, Italian, Slavic, German, Hungarian, and Czech. Hebrew origin, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, and Italian use: It is a biblical name derived from the word marah with the meaning 'bitter'. In the Bible, Naomi gave herself the name Mara after the deaths of her husband and two sons: 'Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me'. The name has been adopted by English speakers since the 17th century.
In addition, Mara is a shortening of Amara (English).
Mara is also a familiar form of Damaris (English and German) in the English, Hebrew, Italian, and Slavic languages.
Mara is also a variant of Mary (English) in the English, Hungarian, and Slavic languages.
Mara is also a variant of Tamar (Armenian, English, Hebrew, and Turkish) in the Czech language.
Mara is rather popular as a baby girl name. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1940s; before that, it was of only very modest use. At the recent peak of its usage in 2016, 0.022% of baby girls were named Mara. It was #686 in rank then. Out of the family of girl names directly related to Mara, Mary was the most regularly used in 2016. It was 6 times more commonly used than Mara in that year.
† Pronunciation for Mara: M as in "me (M.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"