- this week

Gender: F Meaning of Mara: "bitter" Origin of Mara: Hebrew Mara's Popularity in 2014: #695

Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the birth of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara."

Mara is a multicultural name, also a Kiswahili word meaning "a time" and could be conceived as a geographical name, being a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania.

As a child actress, Mara Wilson played leading roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.

Famous People Named Mara

Mara Elizabeth Wilson, American actress
Mara Schiavocampo, American news correspondent
Mara Hoffman, American fashion designer
La Mara, pen name of German writer Marie Lipsius
Mara Branković, daughter of Serbian monarch Đurađ (George) Branković, member of the harem of Sultan Murad II of the Ottoman Empire
Kate Mara, American actress
Patricia Rooney Mara, American actress
Mara Liasson, American journalist

Pop Culture References for the name Mara

Mara aka Marzanna, Slavic goddess of winter, death and harvest
Mara Jade Skywalker, character in the Star Wars Extended Universe series
"Mara: Daughter of the Nile," novel by Eloise McGraw
Mara Jaffray, a character on TV's "House of Anubis"
Mara, antagonist of "The Clockwork Forest", by Doug Macleod
Mara Aramov, character in the Syphon Filter video game series
Mara Wade, character in 1965 movie "Mara of the Wilderness"
Mara Amrita Dyer, title character in Michelle Hodkin's novel series
Mara, one of seven Gods in David Eddings' series "The Belgariad"

Marae, Mahra, Mar, Maralina, Marra, Maraline, Marah