[ 2 syll. ta-ra, tar-a ] The baby girl name Tara is pronounced TAAR-aa- †.
1: Tara has its origins in the Celtic language and it is used largely in English. It is literally from the word tara which is of the meaning 'hill'. The first name is derived from the Irish place name 'Teamhair na Rí', translated to English as Hill of Tara; the place is located in County Meath, former seat of the high kings of Ireland and therefore known also as 'Hill of the King'. Another derivation suggests the origin as Temair, the name of the earth goddess in Irish mythology, of the meaning 'dark one'. The given name was first adopted by English speakers at the end of the 19th century. It later appeared as the name of the estate inherited by Scarlett O'Hara in the movie Gone with the Wind (1939), thereby promoting the popularity of the name in the USA. In England, the name was popularized in the 1960s by the character Tara King in the television series The Avengers. Tara is the feminine version of the English, Gaelic, Indian, and Welsh Taran.
The name Tara is used to a great extent; it has 36 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Tahra, Taira, Tairra, Taraea, Tarai, Taralee, Tarali, Taralynn, Taran, Tarasa, Tarasha, Taraya, Tarha, Taria, Tarila, Tarilyn, Tarin, Taris, Tarisa, Tarise, Tarisha, Tarissa, Tarita, Tarreara, Taryn (used in Irish too), Tayra, Tehra, Tera, Terra, and Terrah. Other English forms include the diminutive Tari (used in Irish too), and the spelling variants Tarah, Tareh, Tarra, and Tarrah. The Indian Tarika is a form of Tara that is used in foreign languages.
2: Tara's language of origin is Sanskrit and it is predominantly used in Indian. Here, the meaning is 'star; savior'. In Hinduism, the name was borne by a goddess, also known as Devi, perceived as the source of all life, and also by the second wife of the Hindu God Brihaspati, also known as Taraka. The name was borne in Buddhism by a female Buddha representing liberation.
A derivative of the name is the Indian Taria.
See also the related forms, Jatara, Latara, Satara, Shantara, and Shatara.
See also the related categories, savior (god), star (moon), dark, life, earth, sanskrit, wind, wife (sister), goddess, irish, celtic, indian, and england.
Tara is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1972, 0.448% of baby girls were named Tara. It had a ranking of #38 then. The baby name has seen a steep decline in frequency since then, and is currently of only irregular use. Within all girl names in its family, Tara was nevertheless the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Tara include Tahere, Tannor, Tareh, Tari, Taura, Tauri, Taury, Táhirih, Tera, Terai, Teree, Teri, Teriah, Terie, Terra, Terrah, Terree, Terri, Terrie, and Terry.
† English pronunciation for Tara: T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)"
A famous person named Tara is Tara Reid, Actress, born 8 November 1975, Wyckoff, New Jersey.