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Gender: Female Meaning of Tara: "rocky hill" Origin of Tara: Irish Tara's Popularity in 2017: #985

The name Tara is a girl's name of Irish origin meaning "rocky hill". Tara is ranked #985 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Mythology Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "What will you name your four children QUIZ.".

From the experts:

Despite a rich history in Irish myth preceding its plantation appearance in Gone with the Wind, widespread use in the seventies caused Tara to lose its Irish accent.

American actress Tara Reid helped bring attention to this name, though her career dropped off in tandem with the popularity of the name. Her most recent credits include the B-movie Sharknado series.

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Famous People Named Tara

Tara Reid, American actress
Tara Fitzgerald (born Anne Tara G.F. Callaby), English actress
Tara Kristen Lipinski, American figure skater
Tara Savelo, American makeup artist
Tara Lyn Strong, American actress
Tara Lynn Wilson, Canadian actress
Tara Dawn Holland, Miss America 1997
Tara Elizabeth Conner, Miss USA 2006
Tara Leslye Kemp, American pop singer
Tara Buck, American actress
Tara Lynne Barr, American actress
Tara McLeod, Canadian guitarist of band Kittie
Tara Lyn Subkoff, American actress
Tara Summers, English actress
Tara Leigh Patrick, birth name of Carmen Electra, American actress and model
Tara Wilkie, Australian rhythmic gymnast
Tara Rosa, YouTube family vlogger of Living Rosa

Pop Culture References for the name Tara

Tara Plantation, home of Scarlett in "Gone with the Wind"
Tara Chambler, character from the TV show 'The Walking Dead'
Tara, character in the movie "Epic"
"Tara Road," 1998 novel by Maeve Binchy
Tara Gregson, main character on TV's "United States of Tara"
Tara Maclay, character on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Tara Thornton, character from the TV show "True Blood"
Tara Knowles, character from the TV show "Sons of Anarchy"
Tara Cole, character from the TV show "Leverage"
Tara Webster, character from TV show "Dance Academy"
Tara James, character in American Girl novel "Chrissa Stands Strong"
Tara Brennan, main character in book "13 Gifts"
"Tara Duncan," novel by Sophie Audouin-Mamikonian
Tara Reedy, character in movie "Sleepwalking"
"Oh Tara," song by The Knack
Tara Doucet, character in "When the Butterflies Came"
Tara Crossley, character on TV's "Evermoor"
Tara of Helium, a princess in the "Barsoom" novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tara, character in DC Comics' "Warlord"
Tara, an android in Marvel Comics' "New Invaders"
Tara, character in the film "Shrooms"
Tara, character in the TV series "Kim Possible"
Tara, of "The Herculoids"
Tara Fremont aka "Tara, the Jungle Girl" and "Too Tall Tara," character in AC Comics
Tara King, character on TV's "The Avengers"
Tara*Starr Lane, character in "P.S. Longer Letter Later" and "Snail Mail No More" by Ann M. Martin and Paula Danziger
Tara Mandal, character on British soap opera "Coronation Street"
Tara Markov aka Terra, character in DC Comics
Tara Mehta, an incarnate deity in Virgin Comics' "Devi" series
Tara Price, character on the crime drama "CSI: Miami"
Tara Reynolds, character on British soap opera "Emmerdale"
Tara Wilson, character in "The Practice" and its spinoff "Boston Legal"
Tara, character in video game "Dragon Quest Monsters 2"
Tara, character in the "Mostly Ghostly" series
Tara Desai, character on TV's "Twisted"

Tarah, Tarrah, Tarra

Tara's International Variations

Teamhair (Gaelic)


Smollie Says:


I've tried but I don't remember what her last name was (not something you think to ask someone when you're six!) Maybe one day I'll be able to find her again.

iipostmvh Says:


You should try and find her. With technology, most people have some kind of digital footprint.

Smollie Says:


I had a friend at school when I was around six years old named Tara-Dee.

She moved away unexpectedly and I never saw her again. She was so pretty, with gorgeous blonde hair and was so kind towards me. I'll always have a soft spot for this name because of her.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Beautiful name, love it so much - definitely the best name to come out of 'Gone With The Wind', for me

tsfe22 Says:


People need to get over the pop culture references. I come from an Irish family where it's pronounced 'Tah-rah', not 'Terra'. It means rocky hill because it's sacred ground in Ireland where the ancient kings used to meet. .. In India, it's also pronounced the Irish way and is an ancient name there also. It means 'star' in India and in Hinduism they worship a Goddess Tara. Goddess Tara came from the stars down to the Earth to help the people. She is considered very compassionate and associated with Kwan Yin.

StargazingSOULS Says:


I can assure you, although I may be a bit of a tomboy, I am not a valley girl.

Michaela Says:


Tara has a bit of a bratty side to me. Like Tess and Tish. A little valley-girl; a little airheaded.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I like both pronunciations, and everything else about this name! Tara Maclay from the Buffy tv show is a good association, also.

fairytara Says:


This is my name

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Very popular where I live, I have two Tara's in my classes.

jojobabyberry Says:


I've always had crush on this name.