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

Ira is one of the shortest, non-biblical sounding Old Testament names, belonging to one of King David's thirty 'mighty warriors.' It was widely used in the US from the 1880s to the early 1930s (it was Number 57 on the Social Security list in 1881), but fell off completely in 1993. Now Ira is likely to be considered more retirement-account acronym than proper name. A musical namesake is lyricist Ira Gershwin, a literary one is Ira Levin.

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
Ira Louvin - country singer and one half of the Louvin Brothers duo
Ira Wood, actor, brother of actress Evan Rachel Wood

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".
Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams, character from TV series Living Single
Ira Rosso- character in the children's novel '10 Kids, No Pets', by Ann M Martin
Ira, one of the Castor clones in Canadian Sci-Fi show "Orphan Black"