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Gender: M Meaning of Ira: "watchful one" Origin of Ira: Hebrew Ira's Popularity in 2016: #950

Ira is one of the shortest, non-biblical sounding Old Testament names, belonging to one of King David's thirty 'mighty warriors.' It was widely used in the US from the 1880s to the early 1930s (it was Number 57 on the Social Security list in 1881), but fell off completely in 1993. Although Ira is also a retirement-account acronym, it's back on the table for those seeking a short biblical name for their sons, and reentered the US Top 1000 in 2016. A musical namesake is lyricist Ira Gershwin (born Israel), a literary one is Ira Levin, and there are two prominent Iras hosting NPR radio shows..

Famous People Named Ira

Ira Marvin Levin, American novelist
Ira Frederick Aldridge, American Shakespearean actor
Ira Allen, American revolutionary of the Green Mountain Boys, brother of Ethan Allen, founder of Vermont
Israel "Ira" Gershwin, American lyricist
Ira Jeffrey Glass, American NPR radio presenter and journalist
Ira Flatow, American radio presenter
Ira Hamilton Hayes, U.S. Marine in the photo of the flag raising on Iwo Jima
Ira Louvin (born Ira Lonnie Loudermilk), American country singer of the Louvin Brothers
Ira Wells Wood, U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
Ira Allen Eastman, U.S. Congressman from New Hampshire
Ira Clifton Copley, American publisher and Congressman from Illinois
Ira David Sankey, American gospel singer
Ira Kaplan, American lead singer of band Yo La Tengo
Ira Wood, American actor
John Ira Shepherd Hanson (b. 2008), son of American musician Zac Hanson

Pop Culture References for the name Ira

Ira Silverberg, father of Norah in book/film "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"
Ira Buckman, character on TV's "Mad About You"
Ira Kane, character in movie "Evolution"
Ira Lee "Tripp" Williams, character on TV's "Living Single"
Ira Rosso, character in '10 Kids, No Pets', by Ann M Martin
Ira, one of the Castor clones on TV's "Orphan Black"
Ira Gaines, character on TV's "24"
Ira Goldstein, ASB Bank ad character in New Zealand
Ira Hogeboom, character in the video game L.A. Noire
Ira Wright, character in the 2009 film "Funny People"
IRA, Acronym for Irish Republican Army, a dissident republican group
'Ira' is also Latin for wrath, one of the seven deadly sins