Gender: Female Meaning of Inara: "shining light" Origin of Inara: Arabic

The name Inara is a girl's name meaning "shining light". Inara and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Light and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

Inara is of those words that seems to mean something different in each of a dozen different languages, and was the name of an important goddess to the Ancient Hittites. But it owes much of its (admittedly scant) popularity as a baby name to Joss Whedon's cult hit sci-fi series Firefly, in which one of the main characters is named Inara Serra. Bottom line: One of the most intriguing and easily-translated Arabic names for girls.

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