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Pronounced: TAHR-ə, TER-ə, TAR-ə
Anglicized form of the Irish place name Teamhair, which possibly means "elevated place" in Gaelic. This was the name of the sacred hill near Dublin where the Irish high kings resided. It was popularized as a given name by the novel 'Gone with the Wind' (1936) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1939), in which it is the name of the O'Hara plantation.
Tara is actually on my list. I know it's pretty dated... but it's one of the only Celtic T-names that I like. I was wanting to use a T name to honour all the T-names on my mom's side of the family.
I know I usually prefer non-Anglicized Celtic names, but Teamhair (pronounced like TAH-wer... similar to the word tower) looks like the words "team" and "hair" smooshed together and I'm sure that's how people would pronounce it, lol. So I think Tara would be the way to go.
I also like Tara because it's also a name from Hindu mythology. In Sanskrit, Tara means "star" and is the name of a Hindu goddess. Obviously you can tell by my signature that Hinduism is part of our lives.
So Tara seems to contain many perfect aspects for our family: It's Celtic, but also Hindu. It starts with T.
But I just can't seem to like it enough to actually USE it. :-/
BTW, I'd pronounce it like TAHR-uh...("TAHR" rhyming with "car") not like TAYR-uh ("TAYR" rhyming with "care").
I like it. But I always used to think it was tare-uh, and now I've heard a few people pronouncing it tah-ra instead. I guess that pronounciation is better since the other sounds a little bit like terror.