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Gender: F Meaning of Mara: "bitter" Origin of Mara: Hebrew Mara's Popularity in 2013: #751

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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.

It is also spelled Marah.

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Famous People Named Mara

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Pop Culture References for the Name Mara

Mara, also known as Marzanna, is the Slavic goddess of winter, death and harvest
Mara, a goddess in Latvian mythology
Mara Jade Skywalker, 'Star Wars' character
Mara, protagonist of the book 'Mara: Daughter of the Nile' by Eloise McGraw
Mara, a character on "House of Anubis"
Mara, antagonist of "The Clockwork Forest", by Doug Macleod
Mara Aramov, the antagonist of the Syphon Filter series
Mara Wade, a character in Mara of the Wilderness, a 1965 adventure film
Mara Amrita Dyer, title character in Michelle Hodkin's YA Mara Dyer novels

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