The name Samara is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "under God's rule". Samara is ranked #324 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".
From the experts:
Exotic and lovely -- and much more distinctive now than Samantha or Tamara. Samara is a city in western Russia as well as a bona fide first name.