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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 of the name Tara:

Gaelic, Irish: Elevated place, hill
Sanskrit: Star

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 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”).

Style of the name Tara:

Classic

Gender of the name Tara:

Tara is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Tara:

TAHR-ah

Number of syllables in the name Tara:

Two

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

Nicknames for the name Tara:

Popularity of the name Tara:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Tara was the 984th most popular baby name for girls in 2017.

Related names for the name Tara:

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 in popular culture:

  • Tara (estate name in Gone With the Wind)
  • Tara Chambler (character on television's The Walking Dead)
  • Tara Knowles (character on television's Sons of Anarchy)
  • Tara Maclay (character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Tara Mandal in the British soap opera Coronation Street)