Tara Name Meaning & Origin

Tara

Pronunciation: TAH-rə, TA-rə (key)

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

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Tara

Tare
Tarebear
Taza
Taz
Tazzy
Rae
Tae
Tay
Star
Scarlett
Tari
Tarzie
Tarz
Tary
Tar War

Meanings and history of the name Tara

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'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhrikuti

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

Tara Reid, American actress
Tara Lipinski, American figure skater
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, English socialite
Tara Fitzgerald, English actress
Tara Oram, Canadian country singer
Tara Gilesbie, writer of the infamous Harry Potter fan-fiction My Immortal
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

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"

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