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Girl Name: Mara

Name: Mara
Pronunciation: \m(a)-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: bitter
Origin: Hebrew
Related Names: Maureen, Naomi, Amara, Damaris
Sounds Like: Myra, Mira, Mera, Maira, Mare, Maria, Mayra, Marya, Maura, Mora, Meara
Variant forms: Mahra, Marah, Maralina, Maralinda, Maraline, Mari, Marra
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 937
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 12008


Mara \m(a)-ra\ as a girl's name is pronounced MAHR-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Mara is "bitter". Biblical: Naomi, mother-in-law of Ruth, claimed the name Mara as an expression of grief after the deaths of her husband and sons. May also be used as variant of Mary and as a short form of Tamara.

Mara has 7 variant forms: Mahra, Marah, Maralina, Maralinda, Maraline, Mari and Marra.

For more information, see also related names Maureen, Naomi, Amara and Damaris.

Baby names that sound like Mara are Myra, Mira, Mera, Maira, Mare, Maria, Mayra, Marya, Maura, Mora and Meara.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Mara.


Mara is a very popular first name for women (#937 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#12008 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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