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:

  • Tamera
  • Temara
  • Tamra
  • Tamora
  • Tamarah
  • Tamerah
  • Temarah
  • Tamrah
  • Tamorah

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)