Gender: Female Meaning of Dara: "pearl of wisdom, or oak tree" Origin of Dara: Hebrew or Irish

Dara Origin and Meaning

The name Dara is a girl's name of Hebrew, Irish origin meaning "pearl of wisdom, or oak tree".

Though Dara was an (extremely wise) male figure in the Bible, this name couldn't feel more feminine to modern English speakers. The Irish Gaelic version, Darragh, is well-used in contemporary times for boys. In the U.S., though, any Dara would definitely be assumed to be female.

While Dara dropped out of the Top 1000 a couple of decades ago, it's one of those magic names that feels neither fashionable nor UNfashionable. This timeless quality can be an advantage for a child over time. And Dara has the cross-cultural thing going for it as well.

The cousin-name Daria was featured a few seasons ago as the smart and cynical star of her own eponymous animated MTV show.

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Famous People Named Dara

Pop Culture References for the name Dara

Darissa, Darice, Dareth, Dahrah, Darra, Dahra, Darelle, Darah, Daralis, Daria, Darda, Darya, Darrah

Dara's International Variations

Darach (Irish Gaelic)


indiefendi2 Says:


In Irish, it's Dah-ra. That's probably their frame of reference.

darabelle87 Says:


I always explain "Dara rhymes with Sarah" when meeting new people, but there are some who persist in calling me Dah-ra instead.

abirami Says:


This is also a Khmer name, meaning star.

Starelli Says:


I prefer the version that makes it more of a "Daw-rah" instead of a Sarah.

Daiseymae Says:


I like that way you pronounce the name the best.

66letters Says:


This is my name, with the variant spelling of Darah (parents did that to bear resemblance to name Sarah, in an attempt to clue them in to the DARE-rah pronunciation). I don't love it. I get a lot of compliments, and it's a good ice-breaker when introducing myself, but those aren't enough to overcome the DAH-rah pronunciation over the way I say mine, DARE-rah. It's always something I feel I have to explain, spell and correct. I've known 2 people very well who were never able to overcome their initial impression upon reading my name to pronounce it correctly. This led to my eventual abandonment of correct pronunciation expectation, because the social ramifications of correcting them again after telling them for 2-3 years was not worth the effort.

Hides Says:


I would pronounce it Dar-uh too. For me Dara and Tara (Tar-uh) rhyme. Not uncommon in Australia.

dara rose Says:


My name is Dara Rose

mommax2 Says:


My seven year old is named Dara and we pronounce it "Dare-uh". My aunt had a friend with a daughter named Dara, pronounced "Dare-uh" and I fell in love with it. Maybe pronunciation depends on where you are from?

MauveBird Says:


I say Dar-uh too, I've seen the name on both genders. There's a tv personality in the UK called Dara O' Briain, though I sway more to it being a girls name thanks to Tara, Sara/Zara. Lara and Mara- which I say rhyme with Dar-uh

dragonflynv Says:


How would you assume this name is pronounced? Would the gender influence the pronunciation? This is my sister's name and she is constantly correcting people. We say Dar-uh (rhymes with Star-uh) instead of Dare-uh.