Persian, Arabic, Tagalog, Samoan, Scandinavian
"gold; turmeric; star; story; noble"

Tala Origin and Meaning

The name Tala is a girl's name of Native American origin meaning "gold; turmeric; star; story; noble".
Tala is a super multicultural name with roots in many diverse languages and cultures. In Northern Europe, especially in Scandinavia, it is a diminutive derived from Adelheid "noble", long used as a standalone name.

In Tagalog mythology, Tala is the goddess of the morning and evening star, the eldest child of the sun god Arao and the moon goddess Buan. According to legend, Arao decided to destroy their star children, but Buan hid them behind clouds. Arao discovered Buan’s deception and has been trying to take revenge ever since, which explains the phenomenon of solar eclipses.

In Polynesian languages, including Samoan and Hawaiian, Tala means "story, tale" – and it is also the name of the Samoan currency, a corruption of the word "dollar".

In Persian and Farsi, the name Tala means "gold", and it is also the name of the turmeric tree or spice in Arabic.

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Famous People Named Tala

  • Tālāstage name of Jasmin Tadjiky, British pop singer

Tala in Pop Culture

  • Gramma Talacharacter in Disney's "Moana"
  • Tala the Queen of Evilcharacter in DC Comics
  • Talacharacter in video game "Darkwatch"

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