Tarah is an alternative spelling of Tara. Both versions of the name have found themselves on the list of the top 1,000 baby names for girls in the United States during the 20th century. The name has a few different origin stories and cultural meanings, and it offers plenty in the way of symbolism. We like the way Tarah sounds with classic middle names, like Elizabeth, Margaret, and Louise.

Meaning of the name Tarah:

Irish: Hill, elevated place
Sanskrit: Star

Origin of the name Tarah:

Tarah is an alternative spelling of Tara. It's largely considered an Irish name that means “hill” or “elevated place” because there's a place in Ireland called the Hill of Tara, which is thought to have been the seat of the High King of Ireland. In Sanskrit, Tara means “star,” and it's thought to be a symbol of the soul. It's also the name of a Hindu goddess and a female deity in Buddhism.

Symbolism of the name Tarah:

Because of its multiple meanings, Tarah can offer much in the way of symbolism, depending on your culture and religious beliefs. The Irish meaning, essentially means Tara is a place held in high regard; new parents may see their daughter in the same light. The Sanskrit meaning may offer symbolism to new parents who see their young daughter as a shining star in their lives. Hindu and Buddhist parents may also find symbolism in the name.

Style of the name Tarah:


Gender of the name Tarah:

Tarah is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Tarah:

TEAR-ah or TAR-ah

Number of syllables in the name Tarah:


Emotion evoked from the name Tarah:

The baby name Tarah evokes images of someone who is a great communicator and can easily persuade others to see their way of thinking.

Alternative spellings for the name Tarah:

Nicknames for the name Tarah:

  • Tari
  • Tee

Popularity of the name Tarah:

According to the Social Security Administration, Tarah was a top 1,000 baby name for girls in the United States in 1977 and between 1980 and 1990. It was most popular in 1983 when it ranked at number 659. It last ranked at number 996 in 1990.

Related names for the name Tarah:

  • Tamara 
  • Taralynn
  • Taryn
  • Tierra
  • Tori

Great middle names for Tarah and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Tarah:

  • Tarah Wheeler (author and entrepreneur)
  • Tarah Kayne (figure skater)

Tarah in popular culture: