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Quick Facts on Tara

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 912
TEAR-ah; TAR-ah
Simple meaning:
Elevated place

Characteristics of Tara

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Tara

Tara is an Irish female name, derived from a place name in the Kingdom of Meath. Tara was the sacred location on a hill near Dublin where the ancient High Kings of Ireland dwelled centuries before Christ. Tara is the anglicized form of the Gaelic word “teamhair” (towr) meaning “hill” but has come to imply more of an “elevated place” given the significance of the location among the ancient Irish kings. Essentially Tara was the hub of royal and religious power in all of Ireland. It’s no surprise then that Margaret Mitchell used the name “Tara” for the plantation owned by the illustrious O’Hara family in “Gone with the Wind”. In fact, it was the novel and subsequent film which served to popularize the name Tara among baby girls starting in the early 1940s in America. Aside from the obvious Irish connection, Tara is also a word in Sanskrit meaning “star” (a Hindu goddess) as well as a female Buddha deity. Tara is still quite popular in Ireland and Northern Ireland, but it also does well in the Slavic nations of Croatia and Slovenia. We’re not sure if that’s the Irish influence or the Hindu one, though.

Popularity of the Name Tara

Tara first appeared on the American female naming charts in 1949 and she quickly took hold. Within a short time frame (about 20 years) Tara achieved a Top 100 position on the charts in 1970. She parked herself on that list for another 20 years (1970-1990). Tara reached her peak popularity in 1977 when she became the 35th most commonly used baby girl’s name in the country. Not too shabby for a new entrant. Despite Tara’s prehistoric physical existence in Ireland, the name remains quite contemporary and modern. Although it appears her fashionable days are now over. Tara is no longer on the American radar and since the 21st century, she’s been dropping like rocks on the charts. Like Erin, Kelly or Shannon, Tara is a strong, unpretentious and straightforward Irish lass. Today American patents are choosing fancy anglicized versions of Irish girl names like Katelyn (Caitlin), Keira (Ciara) and Briana over Bridget and Tara. But Tara will always hold an “elevated place” in our Irish hearts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Tara
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Tara

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Tara

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Tara

    Tara Plantation (Gone with the Wind) Tara is the O’Haras’ Georgia plantation in Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 best-seller, Gone with the Wind. Scarlett’s father, Gerald O’Hara named it after the Hill of Tara, land of the ancient Irish kings of lore. During the course of the story, Tara goes from a proud and stately Southern mansion to a beaten, plundered and burned-out shell of itself, before being restored to its former glory. Indeed, the restoration brings Tara to an even more magnificent level than that at which she started. In a way, Tara mirrors the fortunes of Scarlett herself, who, though hungry and exhausted, refuses to give up and manages to regain and even surpass her former stature. Tara remains throughout a symbol of that which is cherished and worth fighting for. When Rhett Butler leaves Scarlett, it is Tara to which she returns, for succor and comfort, and we know it will be there for her. As a location name, it is lovely, and just as much so as a personal name – Tara – it seems to lilt off the tongue like the ancient language that inspired it.

  • Popular Songs on Tara

    Popular Songs on Tara

    Choking Tara - a song by Guided By Voices

    Tara - a song by Roxy Music

    Tara Reid - a song by Rich Cronin

    The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls - Harvey Reid

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Tara

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Tara

    Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends : A True Story (Andrew Clements) - True stories of animals that saved people's lives. Jim loves to go for long walks with his dogs, Tara and Tiree. One cold winter day, Jim falls through the ice on the frozen lake. Tiree tries to save him and falls through the ice too. What will happen if Tara tries to help them both? Recommended for ages 5-7.

    Tara Pays Up! (Kirsten Larsen) - Tara finally saves $8 to buy a kit at the crafts store only to find that the cashier wants another 80 cents. Explaining the concept of paying taxes for city services, Tara's older sister shells out the change and makes a deal: Tara must pay her 10 cents every time she uses a city service. Soon those dimes mount up, as Tara learns that she uses tax-paid services every time she goes to school, turns on the faucet, reads a library book, or even walks on the sidewalk. Nicely paced, the story imparts information without becoming bogged down in a civics lesson. Small sidebars on many pages provide additional facts, but most readers will stick with the narrative, which shows that tax dollars go toward many services that children use. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Tara the Tuesday Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when their magic disappears, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. No fun in Fairyland? The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when Jack Frost steals their magic, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. Without the fairies' special flags, every day of the week will be gloomy and glum. It's Field Day at Rachel's school, but no one is having any fun. Tara the Tuesday Fairy can't help without her magic flag! What's a fairy to do? Find the magic flag in each book, and help fill every day of the week with fun! Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Tara's Lookout (Eugene R. Caputi) - Set in India, Tara's Lookout depicts events in the life of Tara, a young girl with developmental disabilities who spends most of her time observing the world from her family's terrace. The story exposes readers to the day-to-day life in India, as seen through Tara's eyes, and serves as a gentle reminder about acceptance and inclusion of those who are differently-abled. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    The Deception of Tara Magee (Kathy J. Scott) - Kindle edition. At the tender age of 14 Tara Magee has never done anything out of the ordinary. One morning she wakes up in a field with a headache and a large bump on her head. How she got there and where she is, is a complete mystery to her. This one event starts a chain reaction that will unravel her life and take her on a journey to discover a secret. Along the way she meets a boy who ignites the first flame of love in her heart and befriends others who deepen her curiosity about the secret. Tara Magee, being the strong-minded intelligent girl that she is, will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of what she realizes is a life altering experience. This is her story. Recommended for ages 12-14.

    The Magical Adventures of Tara and the Talking Kitten (Diana Cooper) - Before Tara meets Ash-ting, an adorable gray kitten, her life at both home and school is dreadful; she doesn’t know how to make friends or how to talk to her dad about things that are bothering her. But soon Ash-ting enters her life and turns everything around, for Ash-ting is more than just a handsome pet—she can talk! She helps Tara navigate social situations at school and provides encouragement and guidance in many ways. The first in a new children’s series, this is a heartwarming story about a girl and her talking cat. There are several more titles available in the “Tara and Ash-ting” series. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    The Third Eye: Tara Trilogy (Mahtab Narsimhan) - For Tara and her brother, Suraj, the year their mother and grandfather fled the village of Morni in the middle of the night has been a nightmare. Their new stepmother is cruel and deceptive, and the village itself is lacking a healer. What's more, men of the village have been disappearing, often returning in a strange, altered form. When a new healer, Zarku, a mysterious man with a third eye possessing strange power, suddenly appears in Morni, all are mesmerized by his magic -- all except Tara, who sees through his evil disguise. With nothing but her own courage and wit, Tara tries to find her missing mother and grandfather, the true healer, in time to save her village. But along the way she must enlist the help of the god Ganesh and the lord of death, Yama, or she, like others before her, will fall victim to Zarku's third eye. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Tara

    Famous People Named Tara

    Famous People Named Tara - Tara Lipinski (figure skater); Tara Reid (actress); Tara Conner (former Miss USA); Tara Patrick (AKA Carmen Electra, TV personality)

  • Children of Famous People Named Tara

    Children of Famous People Named Tara

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Tara - Johnny Cash (musician); James Caan (actor); Joan Collins (actress); Oliver Stone (film director); Ted Koppel (news anchor); Bryan Ferry (English musician, has a son named Tara)

  • Historic Figures

    Tara - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Tara - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Tara.

Personality of the Girl Name Tara

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Tara

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