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Ira

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 265 16 249 #66 boy name
1881 294 8 286 #57 boy name
1882 252 8 244 #72 boy name
1883 257 18 239 #67 boy name
1884 301 17 284 #66 boy name
1885 249 14 235 #75 boy name
1886 220 22 198 #85 boy name
1887 237 22 215 #77 boy name
1888 245 23 222 #84 boy name
1889 231 24 207 #86 boy name
1890 226 17 209 #82 boy name
1891 202 23 179 #90 boy name
1892 258 27 231 #88 boy name
1893 207 26 181 #98 boy name
1894 221 15 206 #93 boy name
1895 230 23 207 #94 boy name
1896 221 31 190
1897 215 35 180 #99 boy name
1898 222 27 195 #99 boy name
1899 169 31 138
1900 268 50 218
1901 171 29 142
1902 193 37 156
1903 201 34 167
1904 172 28 144
1905 212 43 169
1906 188 37 151
1907 224 28 196
1908 232 36 196
1909 212 37 175
1910 278 45 233
1911 284 48 236
1912 444 50 394
1913 542 63 479
1914 665 60 605
1915 887 75 812
1916 894 74 820
1917 941 84 857
1918 935 73 862
1919 897 80 817
1920 910 81 829
1921 966 88 878
1922 880 88 792
1923 929 99 830
1924 934 100 834
1925 882 93 789
1926 864 80 784
1927 888 96 792
1928 827 100 727
1929 729 74 655
1930 783 80 703
1931 682 64 618
1932 728 68 660
1933 663 83 580
1934 625 55 570
1935 621 71 550
1936 566 66 500
1937 637 61 576
1938 612 58 554
1939 577 52 525
1940 693 68 625
1941 654 51 603
1942 813 53 760
1943 686 66 620
1944 684 72 612
1945 726 68 658
1946 840 61 779
1947 968 84 884
1948 892 69 823
1949 855 65 790
1950 854 58 796
1951 881 69 812
1952 843 82 761
1953 774 48 726
1954 765 57 708
1955 732 51 681
1956 753 54 699
1957 698 57 641
1958 644 39 605
1959 632 38 594
1960 634 33 601
1961 597 48 549
1962 538 37 501
1963 450 35 415
1964 463 43 420
1965 433 25 408
1966 425 25 400
1967 393 20 373
1968 354 20 334
1969 442 31 411
1970 371 21 350
1971 362 25 337
1972 367 20 347
1973 349 32 317
1974 296 20 276
1975 338 16 322
1976 276 12 264
1977 320 14 306
1978 322 15 307
1979 300 15 285
1980 298 16 282
1981 293 18 275
1982 281 26 255
1983 245 12 233
1984 230 19 211
1985 170 9 161
1986 215 18 197
1987 182 6 176
1988 162 14 148
1989 170 12 158
1990 165 14 151
1991 159 11 148
1992 137 8 129
1993 121 12 109
1994 124 15 109
1995 121 9 112
1996 134 11 123
1997 116 8 108
1998 104 8 96
1999 99 0 99
2000 101 0 101
2001 98 10 88
2002 146 9 137
2003 116 13 103
2004 119 12 107
2005 104 11 93
2006 118 18 100
2007 128 17 111
2008 114 16 98
2009 151 25 126
2010 168 38 130
2011 154 45 109
2012 209 60 149
2013 233 78 155
2014 264 104 160
2015 293 97 196

Fun Facts about the name Ira

  • How many people with the first name Ira have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 58,324 babies born with the first name Ira in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ira to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ira? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 265 new born babies.
  • When was Ira first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ira is Sunday, September 9th, 1860.
  • What year had the most people named Ira born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ira was in 1947 with a total of 884 babies.
  • Random Ira Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ira ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 41 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Ira: Your name in reverse order is Ari. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ira. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ira? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 420 people with the last name Ira.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ira? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ira as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Ira as a first name

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Popularity of Ira as a last name

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Common last names for Ira

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  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Jackson
  • Thompson
  • Lewis
  • Allen
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Harris

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ira U.S.
  White 61.90% 64.26%
  African American 7.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 22.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ira

People with the last name Ira are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ira" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ira as well as things modernly associated with the name Ira such as celebrities named Ira.

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Origin and Meaning of Ira

The name "Ira" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Watchful". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun IRA
individual retirement account; -- a special type of savings account allowed by law to provide deferred taxation of the interest paid.
noun IRA
The Irish Republican Army, a group in Ireland with the primary goal of promoting the unification of Ireland and the severing of the political bond of Northern Ireland with Great Britain, of mostly secret membership, with a militant wing sponsoring terrorist activities such as bombings and the killings of police, British soldiers, and Unionist sympathizers in Northern Ireland.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Belligerence aroused by a real or supposed wrong (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  2. A retirement plan that allows you to contribute a limited yearly sum toward your retirement; taxes on the interest earned in the account are deferred
  3. A militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland

From a Hebrew name עִירָא ('ira), from a word meaning "watchful".

  1. A captain of King David, a minor figure in the Bible mentioned in 2 Samuel 20:26.
  2. A male given name, mostly of American usage.
  3. A town in New York.
  4. A town in Vermont.

Russian and Czech diminutive of the cognates of Irene.

  1. A female given name

    Notable Persons With the Name Ira

    Ira Glass

    Ira Glass is a radio host. Ira was born on March 3rd, 1959 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

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    Ira Hayes

    Ira Hayes is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.

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    Ira Dubey

    Ira Dubey is an actress and actor. Ira was born on August 1st, 1984 in Delhi. Ira is also known as Ira.

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    Ira Gershwin

    Ira Gershwin was a popular music and classical music lyricist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1910 to 1980. Ira was given the name Israel Gershowitz on December 6th, 1896 in New York City, New York, U.S. Ira is also known as Israel Gershvin and Arthur Francis. He died on August 17th, 1983.

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    Ira Levin

    Ira Levin was a writer. He was most active from 1953 to 1997. Ira was born on August 27th, 1929 in New York City, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 12th, 2007.

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    Jeff Chandler

    Jeff Chandler was an influential person. They were most prominent from 1945 to 1961. Jeff was given the name Ira Grossel on December 15th, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. They passed away on June 17th, 1961.

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    • Ira Aldridge
      (noteworthy person)
    • Ira L. Rennert
      (investor)
    • Ira Einhorn
      (criminal)
    • Ira Flatow
      (television host)
    • Ira Kaplan
      (musician)
    • Ira C. Eaker
      (hughes aircraft company)
    • Ira Steven Behr
      (television producer)
    • Ira Magaziner
      (famed human)
    • Ira David Sankey
      (gospel singer)
    • Ira Newble
      (basketball player)
    • Ira Remsen
      (scientist)
    • Ira Sullivan
      (musician)
    • Ira Cruz
      (musician)
    • Ira Shor
      (philosopher)

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ira

    Princess Ira

    Princess Ira is royalty. She holds the title Princess of Fürstenberg. Princess was born on April 18th, 1940 in Rome.

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    Greg Ira

    Greg Ira is a noteworthy somebody.

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    What does the name Ira mean?

    Iis for impressive, your list of qualities.

    Ris for rich, in the love from others

    Ais for admirable, you certainly are!

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