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

Tara

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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 461 461 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 3,525 3,518 7
1970 5,356 5,334 22 #69 girl name
1971 6,352 6,330 22 #49 girl name
1972 7,264 7,230 34 #38 girl name
1973 6,724 6,708 16 #37 girl name
1974 6,681 6,656 25 #39 girl name
1975 6,479 6,457 22 #41 girl name
1976 6,056 6,023 33 #42 girl name
1977 7,222 7,199 23 #35 girl name
1978 6,357 6,329 28 #40 girl name
1979 6,836 6,809 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 6,296 6,282 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 2,846 2,836 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 301 301 0
2012 334 334 0
2013 280 280 0
2014 297 297 0
2015 301 301 0

Fun Facts about the name Tara

  • How many people with the first name Tara have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 173,859 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 1983 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tara ranks 40th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 136 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1983.
  • 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 Tara. 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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Common first names for Tara

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Tara

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A village in eastern Ireland (northwest of Dublin); seat of Irish kings until 6th century

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

    Tara Reid

    Tara Reid is an actress/model with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1987 to present. Tara was born in 1975 in Wyckoff, New Jersey, U.S.

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    Tara Strong

    Tara Strong is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1986 to present. Tara was born in 1973 as Tara Lyn Charendoff in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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    Carmen Electra

    Carmen Electra is an actress, model, dancer, and television personality with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1990 to present. Carmen was born in 1972 as Tara Leigh Patrick in Sharonville, Ohio, U.S.

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    Tara Lipinski

    Tara Lipinski is a figure skater. Tara was born in 1982 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

    Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is a socialite. Tara was born in 1971 in Hampshire, England.

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    Tara Fitzgerald

    Tara Fitzgerald is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1 to present. Tara was born in 1968 as Anne Tara G.F. Callaby in Cuckfield, Sussex, England, UK.

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    Other Inspirations for the Name Tara

    Tara Brach
    Tara Thai
    Tara Calico
    Tara Lynn Wilson
    Tara Thai Bethesda
    Tara Thai Rockville
    Tara Thai Vienna
    Tara Temple

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Tara

    Jennifer Blanc

    Jennifer Blanc is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1984 to present. Jennifer was born in 1974 as Jennifer Tara in New York City, New York, U.S.

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    What does the name Tara mean?

    Tis for treasure, that of your friendship.

    Ais for acquaintance, the many friends you know.

    Ris for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

    Ais for able, for you surely are.

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