Ira Name Meaning & Origin
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Ira has its origins in Hebrew, and means "watchful." Ira appears in the Bible as one of the "mighty men."
In the Bible Ira is King David's priest. Popular in the early part of the twentieth century it has since become rare. This is said EYE rah.
As a Sanskrit male name pronounced 'EE-ruh', it is that of the Wind-God, Vayu. As a Sanskrit female name pronounced 'ih-RAH', its meaning is "the earth" and it is a name of the Goddess Saraswati, Goddess of Wisdom.
Greek " Warrior; Period of time, Chosen One."
Maori "Life principal; gene."
- Famous real-life people named Ira
Ira Flatow, host of NPR's Science Friday
Ira Glass, host of This American Life on National Public Radio
Ira Gershwin, American lyricist
Ira Hayes, Pima Native American and one of the Marines who raised the U.S. flag at Iwo Jima in the iconic WWII photograph; he was thrust uncomfortably into the spotlight as a hero and died a tragic early death; Peter LaFarge's song about his life, "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," has been widely covered (by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, among others)
Ira Wood, actor
Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, and Ira the Ithrite, two of King David's mighty warriors (from the Bible)
- Ira in song, story & screen
Character from 1990's tv show "Mad About You" with Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.
Ira Gaines - Villain in Season 1 of the hit television show 24. (Character portrayed by Michael Massee.)