Gender: Female Meaning of Mara: "bitter" Origin of Mara: Hebrew Mara's Popularity in 2019: #668

Mara Origin and Meaning

The name Mara is a girl's name of Hebrew, Czech origin meaning "bitter".

Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the death of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara." It's one of the girl names starting with M that both fits in and stands out.

Mara is a multicultural name, also a Kiswahili word meaning "a time," and could be conceived as a geographical name, being a river flowing through Kenya and Tanzania.

As a child actress, Mara Wilson played leading roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire.

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Rank in US: #668

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Pop Culture References for the name Mara

Marae, Mahra, Mar, Maralina, Marra, Maraline, Marah


Terminal Reciprocity Says:


I think it should be mentioned that Mara was also the name of a major supporting character in the short-lived Tron: Uprising animated series. That show doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.

MeMyself_And_I Says:


my mother's name is Margaret, but she shortens it to "Mara".

TechnoKitten Says:


Idk what's with me but I really hate -ara ending names.

bordercollie Says:


Mara's a very interesting name to me. It's warm, soft, and gentle, but also mysterious, evocative, and a little bit dark. A beautiful name.

welshm4 Says:


Happens to be my fav :)
~Mara Welsh

paudachar Says:


I know someone called Mara, she is very bitter and mean

Heart_in_SD Says:


Mar means "Sea" in Spanish, so if you're bothered by the "bitter" translation you could make it a nod to Spanish rather than Hebrew.

capri22 Says:


beautiful, simple and sophisticated

aedunn2 Says:


The description should state that Naomi was devastated after the DEATH of her two sons.

sistergoldenhair Says:


Mara is also very dark slavic goddess - of death and rebirth

LcLauver Says:


You could spell it Marah (still hebrew) or Maura (I think gaelic or irish version of the name) That way you'd still get the lovely sound of the name but not necessarily any unwanted translations

Hydra Says:


A really pretty sound, but I can't help to think about the fact one of it's Japanese translations is penis.....truly a shame, as it's beautiful.

claradede11 Says:


Love this name, it's so beautiful!