"date palm tree"

Tamar Origin and Meaning

The name Tamar is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "date palm tree".
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

  • TamarBiblical daughter,in,law of Judah
  • Tamardaughter of King David
  • Tamardaughter of King David's son Absalom
  • Tamar the GreatQueen of Georgia
  • Tamar Estine BraxtonAmerican singer & reality television personality ("Braxton Family Values", "Tamar and Vince")
  • Tamar Ruth Simon HoffsAmerican film director
  • (Ashley) Támar DavisAmerican singer
  • Tamar KaprelianArmenian,American singer

Tamar in Pop Culture

  • Tamar Grobecharacter in the T. F. Powys novel 'Mr Weston's Good Wine' (1927), daughter of Revd. Nicholas Grobe and his dead wife Alice
  • Tamar Hydecharacter in Mal Peet's 'Tamar' (2005)
  • River Tamar which separates Devon and Cornwall
  • Tamar KirBataar, character in Leigh Bargudo's Grisha Trilogy, appearing in the novels 'Siege and Storm' (2013) and 'Ruin and Rising' (2014).

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