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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 Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

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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Famous People Named Inara

Inara Maryland George, American musician
Inara Ibrahimova, Azerbaijani volleyball player
Ināra Mūrniece, Latvian journalist and politician
Inara Sattarova, Uzbekistani rhythmic gymnast
Ināra Tetereva, Latvian philanthropist
Princess Inaara Aga Khan, German-born philanthropist

Pop Culture References for the name Inara

Inara Serra, character from "Firefly" and "Serenity."
In Hittite-Hurrian mythology, Inara was the goddess of the wild animals of the steppe, equal to the Greek goddess Artemis.