US Popularity:2176
Other Origin(s):Sanskrit
Meaning:Hill; Star
Tara is a gender-neutral name of Sanskrit and Gaelic origins, meaning "hill" and "star." Although a gender-neutral title, Tara is more typically given to girls and is a much-loved name among Irish homes. The name derives from the archeological site known as "The Hill of Tara" in Meath, Ireland. According to legends, this was the area where the High King of Ireland resided, giving baby Tara regal significance in Irish folklore. Sanskrit traditions lean into Tara's "star" etymology, which is believed to symbolize the light of the soul for your sunny darling. In Hindu mythology, Tara was also one of the wives of Shiva, known as the goddess of protection and compassion. Rich in history and illuminated by legends, baby Tara is sure to skyrocket to success.

Tara Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Tara is currently #244 on The Bump
Boy:Tara is currently #183 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Tara is currently #139 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Tara is currently #2176 in U.S. births
Boy:Tara is currently #27058 in U.S. births
Girl:Tara is currently #2219 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 190
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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  • Behind the Name, Tara(1) January 2021

  • Behind the Name, Tara(2) Janurary 2019

  • Heritage Ireland, Hill of Tara

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