Tamara originated in historical Russia. It comes from the Biblical name Tamar, which has more of a negative reputation. In modern times in America, Tamara is only a top 3,500 option for girls.
Meaning of the name Tamara:
Russian: date palm
Hebrew: date palm
Origin of the name Tamara:
Tamara is the Russian version of the name Tamar. Tamar is an ancient Hebrew title that dates back to Old Testament times. Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah and the name of the daughter of King David. Celebrities like Tamara Karsavina and Tamara Geva helped to bring the title to the English-speaking world. Tamara grew in popularity in America in the mid-twentieth century.
Symbolism of the name Tamara:
Tamara has the same meaning as Tamar. Tamar translates to “date palm” in Hebrew. Tamara offers a more sensual feeling than the original, giving it a more international feel.
Style of the name Tamara:
Gender of the name Tamara:
Tamara is a mature name for girls.
Pronunciation of the name Tamara:
tu-MAR-ruh, TA-ma-ra, tuh-MAR-uh, or TAM-uh-ruh
Number of syllables in the name Tamara:
Emotion evoked from the name Tamara:
Tamara is a mature and wholesome baby name. It is formal and refined.
Alternative spellings for the name Tamara:
Nicknames for the name Tamara:
Popularity of the name Tamara:
Tamara was first a top 1,000 baby name in America in 1939 at rank 876. It stayed on the top 1,000 list until 2009 at number 908. Tamara was a top 100 option from 1966 to 1977, ranking highest in 1974 at rank 64. As of 2021, Tamara is number 3,438 for girls.
Related names for the name Tamara:
Great middle names for Tamara and their meanings:
- Giselle (pledge, hostage)
- Astrid (divinely beautiful)
- Edith (rich, happy, prosperous in war)
- Noelle (Christmas day, the Lord's birthday)
- Jocelyn (happy, joyful)
- Valerie (strong, brave, fierce)
- Raquel (innocent, ewe)
- Inez (pure, holy, chaste)
Famous people with the name Tamara:
- Tamara the Great (twelfth-century queen of Georgia)
- Tamara Braun (actress, “Abduction of Angie”)
- Tamara Feldman (actress, “Alyce Kills”)
- Tamara de Lempicka (artist)
- Tamara Karsavina (ballerina)
- Tamara McKinney (skier)
- Tamara Baldwin (daughter of John Paul Jones)
- Tamara Taylor (actress, “Bones”)
Tamaras in popular culture:
- Tamara Drewe (title character in “Tamara Drewe” comic strip)
- Tamara Kaplan (character from “Awkward”)
- Tamara Donner (character from “The Sims 3”)
- Tamara Swanson (character from “Parks and Recreation”)
- Tamara Hatcher (character from “Fudge” series by Judy Blume)