[ 2 syll. ta-mar, tam-ar ] The baby girl name Tamar is also used as a boy name. It is pronounced in English as TAA-MaaR or TEY-MaaR †. Tamar is of Hebrew origin. It is used mainly in Armenian, English, Hebrew, and Turkish. It is a biblical name derived literally from the word tamar with the meaning 'date palm, palm tree'. Original forms of the name include Tamar (Hebrew) and Thamar (Hebrew). This was a place name mentioned by Ezekiel in the Old Testament; the place has sometimes been equated with Tadmor. Three characters also bore the name, including a daughter-in-law of Judah and a beautiful daughter of King David and the full sister of Absalom. She was raped by her half-brother Amnon, for which Absalom killed him. This story was the basis for Tamar and Other Poems (1925) by Robinson Jeffers. Absalom later named his own daughter Tamar; the latter was an influential biblical character famed for her 'fair countenance', thus promoting the popularity of the name among Puritans in the 17th century.
In addition, Tamar is a shortening of Tamara in the Hebrew language.
Tamar is a widely used name; it has 69 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Tamar include Tamah, Tamaira, Tamarae, Tamarah, Tamaree, Tamarey, Tamaria, Tamarie, Tamarla, Tamarr, Tamarra, Tamarsha, Tamary, Tamarya, Tamee, Tameia, Tamer, Tamera, Tamerai, Tameran, Tameria, Tamerra, Tamey, Tamie, Tamijo, Tamilyn, Tamira, Tamiria, Tamirra, and Tamiya. Other English forms include the shortening Tam (used in Hebrew too), and the diminutives Tami, Tamia (used in Hebrew too), Tammi, Tammie, and Tammy (used in Hebrew too).
Tamar is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. Among the family of girl names directly related to Tamar, Mara was the most widely used in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Tamar include Tadmor, Tamarai, Tamará, Tamarr, Tamer, Tamra, Taner, Tannar, Tanner, Timor, Tamara, Tamarae, Tamarah, Tamaree, Tamarey, Tamari, Tamera, Tamerai, Tamira, and Temira.
† Pronunciation for Tamar: T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"