The name Mara is a girl's name of Hebrew, Czech origin meaning "bitter". Mara is ranked #670 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Irish Surname Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".
From the experts:
Mara is the evocative ancient root of Mary, appearing in the Book of Ruth, in which Naomi, devastated after the birth of her two sons, says "Call me not Naomi, call me Mara."
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.