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Gender: M Meaning of Ira: "watchful one" Origin of Ira: Hebrew

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Now considered more retirement-account acronym than proper name. In the Old Testament, Ira wAs one of King David's priests, and a musical namesake is lyricist Ira Gershwin.

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Famous People Named Ira

Ira Aldridge: Shakespearean actor
Ira Allen: leader of the Green Mountain Boys, brother of Ethan Allen, and one of the founders of Vermont
Ira Gershwin: American lyricist
Ira Glass: host of NPR's "This American Life"
John Ira Shepherd Hanson (b. 2008): 1st child of Zac and Kate Hanson
Ira Hayes: U.S. Marine, immortalized in the iconic photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima

Pop Culture References for the Name Ira

Ira Silverberg, father of Norah in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Acronym for Irish Republican Army, a dissident republican group.
Ira Buckman, character on TV show "Mad About You"
Dr. Ira Kane, college professor in movie "Evolution"
'Ira' is also Latin for wrath, one of the seven deadly sins
Ira Glass, a radio personality on the show "This American Life".