Mara

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20k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Mara mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Mara

"Mara" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Of the Sea or Bitter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ma"ra
The principal or ruling evil spirit.

Etymology: Skr. māra

noun ‖Ma"ra
A female demon who torments people in sleep by crouching on their chests or stomachs, or by causing terrifying visions.

Etymology: Icel. mara nightmare, an ogress. See Nightmare

noun ‖Ma"ra
The Patagonian cavy, a hare-like rodent (Dolichotis patagonum or Dolichotis Patagonicus) of the pampas of Argentina.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Hare-like rodent of the pampas of Argentina
  2. Hindu god of death; opposite of Kama
Wiktionary

From a Hebrew word meaning "bitterness". The modern given name may also be shortened from Maria or Tamara.

  1. (rare) A female given name

    Mara was also found in the following language(s): Finnish

    Notable Persons Named Mara

    Mara Wilson is an actress, voice actress, writer, and playwright. She was most active from 1993 to present. Mara was given the name Mara Elizabeth Wilson on July 24th, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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    Mara Jade Skywalker is an emperor's hand and jedi.

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    Julia Montes is an actress, dancer, model, and endorser. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Julia was given the name Mara Hautea Schnittka on March 19th, 1995 in Pandacan.

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    Mara Corday is a playboy playmate. Mara was born on January 3rd, 1930 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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    Mara Brock Akil is a screenwriter, producer, and television producer. She was most active from 1994 to present. Mara was born on May 27th, 1970 in Los Angeles. Mara is also known as Mara Brock Ali, Mara Brock, Ali Brock, Mara Brock Ali; Brock, and Mara.

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    Mara Liasson is a journalist. Mara was born in New York City.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Mara

    Kate Mara is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to present. Kate was given the name Kate Rooney Mara on February 27th, 1983 in Bedford, New York, U.S.

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    Rooney Mara is an actress. She was most active from 2005 to present. Rooney was given the name Patricia Rooney Mara on April 17th, 1985 in Bedford, New York, U.S. Rooney is also known as Patricia Mara, Tricia Mara, and Trish.

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    John Kevin Mara is an american football player. John was born on December 1st, 1954 in New York City.

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    Wellington Mara was a gridiron football player. Wellington was born on August 14th, 1916 in Rochester, New York. He left this life on October 25th, 2005.

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    Tim Mara was a gridiron football player. Tim was born on July 29th, 1887 in New York, New York, United States. He died on February 16th, 1959.

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    Adele Mara was an actress and actor. She was most active from 1941 to 1978. Adele was given the name Adelaida Delgado on April 28th, 1923 in Highland Park, Michigan, U.S. She passed away on May 7th, 2010.

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    How popular is the baby name Mara in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1892 6 6 0
    1911 8 8 0
    1912 5 5 0
    1914 5 5 0
    1915 7 7 0
    1916 7 7 0
    1917 12 12 0
    1918 13 13 0
    1919 10 10 0
    1920 7 7 0
    1921 15 15 0
    1922 8 8 0
    1923 10 10 0
    1924 15 15 0
    1925 18 18 0
    1926 16 16 0
    1927 13 13 0
    1928 15 15 0
    1929 13 13 0
    1930 13 13 0
    1931 10 10 0
    1932 12 12 0
    1933 12 12 0
    1934 11 11 0
    1935 20 20 0
    1936 22 22 0
    1937 13 13 0
    1938 8 8 0
    1939 24 24 0
    1940 19 19 0
    1941 23 23 0
    1942 23 23 0
    1943 29 29 0
    1944 27 27 0
    1945 33 33 0
    1946 31 31 0
    1947 50 50 0
    1948 38 38 0
    1949 53 53 0
    1950 94 94 0
    1951 106 106 0
    1952 126 126 0
    1953 113 113 0
    1954 176 176 0
    1955 163 163 0
    1956 180 180 0
    1957 150 150 0
    1958 168 168 0
    1959 138 138 0
    1960 152 152 0
    1961 186 186 0
    1962 168 168 0
    1963 171 171 0
    1964 180 180 0
    1965 194 194 0
    1966 186 186 0
    1967 227 227 0
    1968 220 220 0
    1969 258 258 0
    1970 286 286 0
    1971 267 267 0
    1972 270 270 0
    1973 242 242 0
    1974 226 226 0
    1975 237 237 0
    1976 286 286 0
    1977 236 236 0
    1978 273 273 0
    1979 243 243 0
    1980 261 261 0
    1981 235 235 0
    1982 244 239 5
    1983 247 241 6
    1984 230 230 0
    1985 203 203 0
    1986 204 204 0
    1987 269 269 0
    1988 331 331 0
    1989 415 410 5
    1990 442 442 0
    1991 400 400 0
    1992 371 371 0
    1993 375 375 0
    1994 370 370 0
    1995 350 350 0
    1996 393 393 0
    1997 412 412 0
    1998 411 411 0
    1999 363 363 0
    2000 418 418 0
    2001 405 405 0
    2002 421 421 0
    2003 415 415 0
    2004 427 427 0
    2005 414 414 0
    2006 415 415 0
    2007 389 389 0
    2008 355 355 0
    2009 376 376 0
    2010 308 308 0
    2011 312 312 0
    2012 334 334 0
    2013 365 365 0
    2014 409 409 0
    2015 380 380 0
    2016 424 424 0
    2017 436 436 0

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    Popularity of Mara as a first name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Mara U.S.
      White 72.90% 64.26%
      African American 3.08% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.37% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 14.38% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Mara

    People with the last name Mara are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Mara

    • What name lists does Mara rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Mara? Mara is the 1,678th most popular name of all time. As a last name Mara was the 10,790th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Mara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20,125 babies born with the first name Mara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mara to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1892 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Mara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mara is Tuesday, February 4th, 1873.
    • What year had the most people named Mara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mara was in 1990 with a total of 442 babies.
    • Random Mara Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mara is not a popular baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 1984.
    • Weird things about the name Mara: Your name in reverse order is Aram. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aarm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Mara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,956 people with the last name Mara.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mara? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Mara as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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