Tara: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Tara
Origin of the name Tara:
Transferred use of an Irish place-name belonging to a hill in central Ireland, which was an ancient seat of kingship. Tara (hill) was used by Margaret Mitchell for the name of a plantation in her epic Gone With the Wind, resulting in the use of it as a female given name
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My name is Tara and i love it because i have only met a few people named Tara also. Maybe 2-3. I do get a lot of confusing about pronouncing and spelling it but thats ok. I have had people spell my name as terra, tera, tarra and the normal spelling of tara. I think its a great name although there aren't any real nicknames for it. :J
My name is also Tara. I have always loved my name, because it is not very common. I do hate it when people mispronounce it or misspell it. I pronounce it, T-Air- Ah. I was never made fun of in school or anything, though my parents sometimes called me tara-ble (terrible) but only in jest.
My name is Tara (Tah-rah), and I have NOT always liked my name mostly because people frequently mispronounce it. I have, however, come to appreciate its meaning, and the Irish heritage of my family. I am often called "T-air-uh" which is not bad, unless people don't seem to get that this is not my name.
My name is Tara, and though I live in America, I have always pronounced it Tah-rah. I've always gone by Tah-rah, but I don't have a real preference. I once had a substitue who pronounced it T-air-uh, and funnily enough my class got more annoyed than I did!
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My name is Tara, pronounced "Tair-ah". Thankfully it's never been a popular name, and I can count on one hand how many I've met and known in my lifetime of thirty years. The only way I could take it being pronounced Tar-ah, is if it were someone who weren't American. The lilt of an Irish brogue, or the smoothness of someone who speaks Spanish is much better sounding. :)
My best childhood friend was a Tara and she was the sweetest, kindest, most lovely person I have ever met. The one thing that annoyed her was when people misspronounced her name. Americans pronounced it Terra, and she hated it, so did I it sounds horrid that way. The only way to pronounce it is Tar-rah so both syllables rhyme otherwise, you just ruin the name
My name is Tara. I went to Ireland on vacation and that is exactly how they said it: Tar-rah. It sounded so pretty. Americans mispronounce it. That's all I'm saying. : )
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Female buddha. Known as ''the mother of all buddhas'' and ''the mother of liberation. When she had not yet taken full enlightenment, she was a Nepali princess. She and her Chinese sister, Wencheng, teamed up to marry and consequently subdue the mind of, Songtsän Gampo, the first (buddhist) emperor of Tibet.
In Sanscrit, Tara just means 'star'.
Same as the Greek Athena (goddess of wisdom), Quan Yin or Kwannon in China and Southeast Asia (female deity of wisdom), and as she is now, Deborah (Book of Judges leader as well as the last incarnation of Eve).
Great balls of Fire!
- Famous real-life people named Tara: | Edit
Tara Reid, American actress
Tara Lipinski, American figure skater
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English socialite
Tara Fitzgerald, English actress
Tara Oram, Canadian country singer
Tara Hayes, "Table for 12", sextuplet
Tara Charendoff Strong, Canadian actress/voice actress, also a childhood friend of Cree Summer
- Tara in song, story & screen: | Edit
Homestead of the O'Hara family in Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell.
Name of an area that fairies use to replenish their magic, considered the most magical place aboveground, in Ireland in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer.
"Miss Tara", song by Johnny Cash
Tara King, character in the 1960s British TV show "The Avengers"
Tara Maclay, character from TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Tara Martin, character in the early 1970s American soap opera "All My Children"
Tara Williams, tech-savvy Special Agent for the F.B.I. in the TV Series 'Sue Thomas F.B.Eye'
Tara*Starr Lane, one of the main characters in Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger's books "P.S Longer Letter Later" and "Snail Mail No More"