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

The name Tamara is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "date palm tree". Tamara and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "This or That, Girls".

From the experts:

Adding a final a to Tamar lends it a more sensual Slavic tone, making it a more popular choice than the original.

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Famous People Named Tamara

Tamara the Great, medieval Georgian ruler
Tamara Braun, American actress
Tamara Feldman, American actress
Tamara de Lempicka, Polish artist
Tamara Karsavina, Russian ballerina
Tamara McKinney, American skier
Tamara Baldwin, daughter of Led Zeppelin rocker John Paul Jones
Tamara Filipovic, Serbian singer
Tamara Ecclestone, British/Croatian TV personality
Tamara Buciuceanu, Romanian actress
Tamara Taylor, Canadian actress
Tamara Jenkins, American screenwriter, actress and director
Tamara Semyonovna Tsereteli, Georgian singer
Tamara Gee (Tamara Diane Timmer-Gołębiewska) aka Isis Gee, American-Polish singer
Charlie Tamara Tulip O'Connell, daughter of American actor Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn

Pop Culture References for the name Tamara

"Tamara Drewe," comic strip by Posy Simmonds and 2010 film
Tamara Kaplan, character on MTV's "Awkward."
Tamara Donner, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Tamara "Tammy" Swanson aka Tammy Zero, Ron Swanson's mother on TV's "Parks and Recreation"

Tamara's International Variations

Tomochka, Tama, Tamarka (Russian) Mara (Czech)


TechnoKitten Says:


I like it pronounced both ways and I prefer this name over Amara and Samara.

Daiseymae Says:


Most of the people born in the 60s say Tam-ruh or TAM-uh-ruh. It was popular back then.

paulapuddephatt Says:


That's how I pronounce it. I agree that it's pretty and exotic. I like the nickname Tammy.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I know a girl named Tamara, pronounced Tah-MAR-uh. I think it's pretty and exotic!

RoseRed2816 Says:


This is my moms name. Pronounced TAM-uh-ruh or just Tam-ruh. She Goes by Tammy most of the time though. Middle name is Lynn but if I was going to name my daughter after her it would be Tammara Alice.

raevynstar Says:


TAM-uh-ruh is my preferred pronunciation with this name. It's good enough, but not amazing.