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Tara

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174k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
547
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tara

"Tara" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Tower, Hillside". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A village in eastern Ireland (northwest of Dublin); seat of Irish kings until 6th century
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Irish Teamhair (“high place”).

  1. An Irish place name, associated with the Hill of Tara, seat of ancient Irish kings.
  2. A female given name used since the 20th century, derived from the name of the plantation in Gone with the Wind, named for the place in Ireland.
  3. A male given name.
18th century Eastern Tibetan thangka, with the Green Tara (Samaya Tara Yogini) in the center and the Blue, Red, White and Yellow taras in the corners, Rubin Museum of Art
  1. (Buddhism) A female Buddha typically associated with Buddhist tantra practice as preserved in Tibetan Buddhism. She is the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
  2. A female given name.

From Sanskrit तारा (tārā, “star”).

  1. (Buddhism) A female Buddha typically associated with Buddhist tantra practice as preserved in Tibetan Buddhism. She is the "mother of liberation", and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements.
  2. A female given name.

    Tara was also found in the following language(s): Icelandic

    Notable Persons Named Tara

    Tara Strong is an actress. She has been prominent since 1986. Tara was given the name Tara Lyn Charendoff on February 12th, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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    Tara Reid is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1987. Tara was born on November 8th, 1975 in Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.

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    Carmen Electra is an actress, model, dancer, television personality, singer, entertainer, singing, and entertainment. She was most active from 1990 to present. Carmen was given the name Tara Leigh Patrick on April 20th, 1972 in Sharonville, Ohio, U.S. Carmen is also known as Tara Patrick, Patrick, and Tara Leigh.

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    Tara was given the name Tara Leigh Calico on February 28th, 1969.

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    Finty Williams is an actor and actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Finty was given the name Tara Cressida Frances Williams by her parents Michael Williams (actor) and Judi Dench on September 24th, 1972 in London.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tara

    Jennifer Blanc is an actress and actor. Her career lasted from 1984 to 1984. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Tara on April 21st, 1974 in New York City.

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    Tara is an actress and politician. She was most prominent from 1985 to present. Tara was given the name Anuradha in 1973 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

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    The Lord Brabazon of Tara is a military person. His military service ended in 1919.

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    Ismail Tara is an actor and comedian. Ismail was born Ismail Tara on November 16th, 1949.

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    Sarik was born in 1930.

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    John was born on November 4th, 1764. He died on July 18th, 1821.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1939 7 7 0
    1940 13 13 0
    1941 14 14 0
    1942 21 21 0
    1943 24 24 0
    1944 27 27 0
    1945 28 28 0
    1946 56 56 0
    1947 46 46 0
    1948 73 73 0
    1949 90 90 0
    1950 102 102 0
    1951 99 99 0
    1952 140 140 0
    1953 150 150 0
    1954 260 260 0
    1955 432 432 0
    1956 453 453 0
    1957 462 462 0
    1958 467 467 0
    1959 610 610 0
    1960 687 687 0
    1961 942 942 0
    1962 1,103 1,094 9
    1963 1,135 1,129 6
    1964 1,242 1,242 0
    1965 1,174 1,169 5
    1966 1,294 1,289 5
    1967 1,291 1,291 0
    1968 2,192 2,184 8
    1969 3,526 3,519 7
    1970 5,353 5,331 22 #69 girl name
    1971 6,354 6,332 22 #49 girl name
    1972 7,264 7,230 34 #38 girl name
    1973 6,725 6,709 16 #37 girl name
    1974 6,680 6,655 25 #39 girl name
    1975 6,479 6,457 22 #41 girl name
    1976 6,057 6,024 33 #42 girl name
    1977 7,220 7,197 23 #35 girl name
    1978 6,357 6,329 28 #40 girl name
    1979 6,834 6,807 27 #38 girl name
    1980 6,310 6,283 27 #43 girl name
    1981 6,386 6,365 21 #45 girl name
    1982 6,550 6,522 28 #47 girl name
    1983 6,291 6,273 18 #51 girl name
    1984 6,297 6,283 14 #49 girl name
    1985 6,115 6,100 15 #51 girl name
    1986 5,104 5,084 20 #56 girl name
    1987 4,463 4,443 20 #69 girl name
    1988 4,626 4,607 19 #67 girl name
    1989 4,388 4,370 18 #70 girl name
    1990 3,839 3,821 18 #85 girl name
    1991 3,335 3,326 9
    1992 2,847 2,837 10
    1993 2,476 2,476 0
    1994 2,195 2,186 9
    1995 2,023 2,023 0
    1996 1,899 1,899 0
    1997 1,768 1,768 0
    1998 1,637 1,637 0
    1999 1,397 1,392 5
    2000 1,336 1,336 0
    2001 1,158 1,158 0
    2002 1,061 1,061 0
    2003 925 925 0
    2004 977 977 0
    2005 927 927 0
    2006 685 685 0
    2007 581 581 0
    2008 489 489 0
    2009 424 424 0
    2010 354 354 0
    2011 302 302 0
    2012 334 334 0
    2013 280 280 0
    2014 297 297 0
    2015 301 301 0
    2016 262 262 0

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    Popularity of Tara as a first name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Tara U.S.
      White 58.50% 64.26%
      African American 4.39% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 19.38% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 14.44% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Tara

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Tara

    • How Popular is the name Tara? Tara is the 413th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tara was the 40,082nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Tara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 174,122 babies born with the first name Tara in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tara to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tara? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1939 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Tara first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tara is Wednesday, March 10th, 1886.
    • What year had the most people named Tara born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tara was in 1972 with a total of 7,230 babies. That's a lot of babies named Tara!
    • Random Tara Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tara ranks 37th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 148 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1979.
    • Weird things about the name Tara: Your name in reverse order is Arat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Atar. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Tara? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 547 people with the last name Tara.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tara? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tara as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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