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Tara is a captivating baby name for girls. Simple and sweet, this name integrates seamlessly with both Eastern and Western cultural traditions. Tara Knowles is a popular character on television's Sons of Anarchy, and Tara is also the name of the homestead in Gone with the Wind. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Tara:

Tara is a baby girl name with two separate etymologies. In Ireland, Tara derives from the Gaelic place name Teamhair (meaning “elevated place” or “hill”). Historically, the Hill of Tara was a ceremonial and administrative site for Irish kings. In Sanskrit, Tara means “star.” It is the name of an astral goddess and one of the wives of Shiva.

Symbolism of the Name Tara:

Tara is the name of an astral deity in Hinduism and Sikhism. It is also the name of an important mother-figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In South Asia, the symbol for Tara is the star that represents the light of the soul. Within Irish culture, the Hill of Tara is the ceremonial and burial site of ancient Irish kings. The Irish symbol for Tara is the Lia Fáil (“stone of destiny”).

Nicknames for the Name Tara:

Even though Tara is a short name, there are a number of nickname options. From simple nicknames like Ra and Tee to more unique ones like Tazzy, Tara isn't without good nicknames. Check out our list of the best nicknames for Tara:

  • Tari
  • Tae
  • Rae 
  • Tare
  • Ara
  • Tee
  • Ra
  • Tay Tay
  • Taz
  • Rae Rae
  • RaRa
  • Aria 
  • Tazzy

Style of the Name Tara:


Gender of the Name Tara:

Tara is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the Name Tara:


Number of Syllables in the Name Tara:


Emotion Evoked from the Name Tara:

The name Tara evokes feelings of tenacity and triumph.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Tara:

  • Taira
  • Tera
  • Thara
  • Taragh
  • Tariogh

Popularity of the Name Tara:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Tara was the 984th most popular baby name for girls in 2017. It fell out of the top 1,000 in 2018.

Great Middle Names for Tara and Their Meanings:

  • Arya (noble)
  • Brooklyn (marsh lake)
  • Camille (acolyte, officiant, attendant)
  • Hadley (heather clearing)
  • Hazel (light brown, hazelnut shrub)
  • Leigh (meadow)
  • Naomi (pleasantness, delight)
  • Raven (blackbird)
  • Siana (God is gracious)
  • Sloane (warrior)

Famous People with the Name Tara:

  • Tara Jayne Andrews (footballer)
  • Tara Lynne Barr (actress)
  • Tara Alisha Berry (model)
  • Tara Elizabeth Conner (pageant winner)
  • Tara Anne Fonseca (model)
  • Tara Nicole LaRosa(mixed martial artist)
  • Tara Kristen Lipinski (figure skater)
  • Tara Donna Reid (actress)
  • Tara Emily Simmons (musician)
  • Tara Alice Whitten (track racing cyclist)
  • Tara (estate name in Gone With the Wind)
  • Tara Chambler (character on AMC's The Walking Dead)
  • Tara Knowles (character on FX's Sons of Anarchy)
  • Tara Maclay (character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Tara Mandal in the British soap opera Coronation Street)
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