Gender: Female Pronunciation: a-MAH-ra Meaning of Amara: "grace or bitter" Origin of Amara: Igbo or Latin Amara's Popularity in 2019: #140

Amara Origin and Meaning

The name Amara is a girl's name of Italian, Greek, African origin meaning "grace or bitter".

Amara is the Italian word for bitter, from the same root as Mary and Miriam. It has separate roots in West Africa as a name that means “grace” in the Igbo language. These two meanings are the best-known, but Amara is also a Sanskrit name meaning immortal and a Mongolian name meaning peaceful.

Strong, attractive, and stylish, Amara is a true multicultural choice enjoying some popularity in both the US and the UK. On Nameberry, Amara is a hugely popular name, hopping all the way up to Number 2 for the first half of 2018. With so much going for it, this once-unusual choice could well be the Amanda or even the Mary of tomorrow.

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Rank in US: #140

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DearTheodosia Says:


So so so beautiful!

TechnoKitten Says:


I like it,but I prefer Tamara

Steve glover Says:


I have had a steadily increasing interest in both male and female names. Sometimes, I know the meaning of a name, as of today, when I spoke with an English lady with the name Amara.
Thank You to all The Unseen folks behind your site... I shall now look up Zebedee, as a childhood friend has this name. I would like to speak with him, as I expected a person with said name to have a rather interesting life! I am new to the internet, and as I am now 52, I shall never take its potential for granted. - I am a Stephen, and will bid you a safe and fine day. Regards. S.

jacabrown628 Says:


My 10 year old daughter's name is Amara. We pronounce it uh mar uh (nickname Mara (mar uh)). We have met two other Amaras in the last decade. I love that it's different without being outrageous.

Miri Says:


I hear A-MAH-ra and A-MAY-ra pronunciations. I personally pronounce it A-MAH-ra. Either way, I like the name. Sort of like Ruby or any other jewel name.

Noktelfa Rootcreeper Says:


In the description of this name, the author took a moment to disparage a language spoken by 10 million people. Fine, you don't like foreign languages, maybe you're a little racist or some other flavor of bigot, maybe you think you aren't. But there's no call for attacking the language of so many people.

lindseylou89 Says:


There's always one isn't there? :)

Xvenus Says:


Amara is a beautiful name mothers love to give girls in Igbo culture. Its full form usually is; Amarachukwu or Amarachi - God's Grace. Attaching "Chi" - God to names is fairly popular among Igbo's. Hearing this name makes one envision a very beautiful and graceful girl.

Jessica Says:


I love this name so much. Amara is so delectably beautiful. Mari is a cute nickname too. She has the aura of a modern girl and the class of an ancient Grecian princess. Perfection! Also easily pronounceable.

Daiseymae Says:


I love this name. It is so feminine and ethereal sounding.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


This is the shortened version of the Ancient Greek name Amarantham meaning 'eternally beautiful' or 'one who will be forever beautiful'. I think this would be a good choice for people who are too afraid to use the name Callisto, which has the same meaning and is still Greek.

Guest Says:


I love this name but I know a really b---hy girl with this name. Sigh