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Gender: Female Meaning of Yara: "small butterfly" Origin of Yara: Arabic Yara's Popularity in 2017: #987

The name Yara is a girl's name of Arabic, Brazilian origin meaning "small butterfly". Yara is ranked #987 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 "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

From the experts:

The exotic Yara is also the name of a beautiful green-skinned Brazilian goddess and might make a more unusual spin on Mara or Sara.

Yara Greyjoy is the name of a strong female character in HBO's Game of Thrones, sister to the troubled Theon. In George R.R. Martin's books, this same character is named Asha; the show's producers changed it to avoid confusion with similar-sounding Osha.

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Famous People Named Yara

Yara Bader, Syrian journalist and human rights activist.
Yara Lasanta, Miss World Puerto Rico 2010.
Yara Shahidi, American actress
Yara Tupynamba, Brazilian painter and artist
Yara Sofia, stage name of Gabriel Burgos Ortiz, Puerto Rican drag queen from "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 3

Pop Culture References for the name Yara

Yara Greyjoy, Theon's sister in the "Game of Thrones" TV series.


indiefendi2 Says:


YA-ra, not yair-a

retrography Says:


Yara is also a Persian name, with a very straightforward meaning: The one who helps. Example: Yara Shahidi, the Iranian-American actress.

saoirse123 Says:


This is a beautiful name! Easy to spell and understand, strong yet completely feminine and unusual enough to stand out. More people should know about this name.

jalila13 Says:


It is YAR-ra, like Ara.

Starelli Says:


Yara like Sarah, or Yara like Yaw-ra?

ElsaAnne Says:



gigiprego1 Says:


I like the name realm thinking of giving the name to my baby girl

deriva Says:


Yara isn't a Brazilian goddess, she's just a mythological mermaid-type character who is soveriegn of the Amazon-region rivers. She leurs the travellers and fishermen with her beautiful voice, deep under the sea and kills them. Despite the not so pleasant story, Yara is an enormously common name in Brazil, also spelled Iara. Ana Yara or Ana Yara are common double-barrel names. Also, Yara Tupynambá is a famous Brazilian artist and art teacher. The original indigenous spelling of the name is Uiara.

QuinnMcMommy Says:


Lovely... I agree that there's just something so attractive about this name. It's not my style at all but I like it very much.

esme716 Says:


I think "Yara" is so pretty. There's just something about it.