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When you hear the baby name Tyra, you likely first think of supermodel Tyra Banks. What is interesting, however, is that this baby name likely goes back to ancient Viking traditions and the name Thor. Though no longer a top 1,000 baby name, Tyra is just over a top 4,000 option.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Tyra:

Tyra could be the modern, feminized version of the male name Tyrone. This option was an Irish and Gaelic name that was once a surname. The name could also come from the Celtic word “terra,” however. The most likely origin is Scandinavian, coming from the old Norse name Porvi. Porvi came from the name Porr, which was a variation of Thor. The name has a few different meanings. The Scandinavian meaning is “god of battle”, the Celtic meaning is “land”, and the Gaelic meaning is “from the land of the yew tree”.

baby name Tyra


Symbolism of the Name Tyra:

The baby name Tyra likely means “god of battle” as it eventually dates back to the name Thor, who was the god of thunder and the war. Some state, however, that Tyra is a variation of “terra,” meaning “land”. Finally, Tyrone, which Tyra could be the feminine form of, means “from the land of the yew tree”. Parents can definitely find symbolism with all of these meanings!

Nicknames for the Name Tyra:

When it comes to Tyra, there aren't too many options for nicknames. Fear not, though, since there are still some options available to you! Here are all of the best nicknames for Tyra:

  • Ty
  • Ty Ty
  • Ra
  • Ray 
  • Tay Tay
  • Tay
  • Ra-Ra
  • Tee
  • Tia 
  • Tyr
  • Tyr-Rex

Style of the Name Tyra:

Traditional or modern, depending on the origin

Gender of the Name Tyra:

Tyra is a wholesome baby name for girls.

Pronunciation of the Name Tyra:


Number of Syllables in the Name Tyra:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Tyra:

Tyra is a baby name full of personality that is outgoing. It is wholesome, kind, and approachable.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Tyra:

  • Tyrah
  • Tira
  • Tirah
  • Tyrra
  • Tyrrah

Popularity of the Name Tyra:

Tyra became a top 1,000 name in 1964 at rank 995. It was most popular from 1997 to 1999 as a top 400 option. 2007 was the last year Tyra was on the top 1,000 list, ranking at number 950.

Great Middle Names for Tyra and Their Meanings:

Famous People with the Name Tyra:

  • Tyra Banks (supermodel, reality TV star, “America's Next Top Model”)
  • Tyra (princess of Denmark)
  • Tyra Bolling (singer)
  • Tyra Ferrell (actress, “Boyz in the Hood”)
  • Tyra Vaughn (actress, “The Harvey Girls”)
  • Tyra Turner (beach volleyball player)
  • Tyra Collette (character from “Friday Night Lights”)
  • Tyra Hamilton (character from “The Young and the Restless”)
  • Tyra Nordbo (character from “Man, Kzin Wars” series)
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