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Gender: Female Meaning of Tamar: "date palm tree" Origin of Tamar: Hebrew

The name Tamar is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "date palm tree". Tamar and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Tamar is a rich, strong Old Testament name sometimes given to girls born on the holiday of Sukkoth, as palm branches were used to make the roof of the sukkah. In the Bible, there are several Tamars, including a daughter of King David and also Absalom's daughter, who is praised for her 'fair countenance'.

Tamar is also a river name in ancient Celtic. The River Tamar forms the border between the British counties of Devon and Cornwall, and Tamar is also associated with the Thames.

The Russian form Tamara has long outshone Tamar, but we think Tamar feels fresher. Parents in modern Israel agree: Tamar is among the most popular girls' names there.

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Famous People Named Tamar

Tamar, Biblical daughter-in-law of Judah
Tamar, daughter of King David
Tamar, daughter of King David's son Absalom
Tamar the Great, Queen of Georgia
Tamar Estine Braxton, American singer-songwriter & TV personality
Tamar Ruth Simon Hoffs, American film director
(Ashley) Támar Davis, American singer
Tamar Kaprelian, Armenian-American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Tamar

Tamar Grobe, character in the T. F. Powys novel 'Mr Weston's Good Wine' (1927), daughter of Revd. Nicholas Grobe and his dead wife Alice
Tamar Hyde, character in Mal Peet's 'Tamar' (2005)
River Tamar which separates Devon and Cornwall

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paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful. I love Tamara, also - but this is just that little bit more unusual and I like the river association.

beachbear Says:


I think this is a lovely name. I like girls' names that don't have to end in a stereotypically feminine ending.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Sounds like a masculine version of Tamara.

jordalini Says:


Most Tamars in the bible have an unpleasant fate.