Gender: Female Meaning of Ira: "watchful one" Origin of Ira: Hebrew

Ira Origin and Meaning

The name Ira is a girl's name of Hebrew, Russian origin meaning "watchful one".

Ira for a girl. Yes, we consider it a good candidate for a gender switch, in light of tonal similarities with girl's names like Tyra and Keira. Annette Bening and Warren Beatty broke the ice by using this Old Testament male standard as the middle name of their daughter Isabel. Caveat: It does have that retirement fund connection.

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foeva Says:


Ira is the Latin name of one of the seven deathly sins: wrath.

Lena_Aline Says:


This is also Latin for wrath and anger. It's pretty, but the Latin meaning put me off a bit.

Luísa Says:


I thought Ira was a female name. I'm shocked.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Ira is actually used as a short form of Irina, so this technically isn't even changing gender . . . .

Hylian Wizard Says:


They also think Asa, A BOY NAME is better for girls, too. -_-
Which makes me like it on a boy even more! Maybe I'll consider Ira, too.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Really Nameberry? There are literally millions of girl names ending in 'a', and you have to go and advertise Ira (one of the HANDFUL reserved for boys), as a unisex choice? Why am I not surprised?

leahmay Says:


I LOVE Ira for a girl. I wish this name would come back. Boy or girl.