In Irish tradition, Tara was the name of a hill where the ancient Irish kings were said to have reigned. In Irish mythology it is also a mystical place for the gods and an entrance to the “otherworld.” Tara is probably more widely recognized as the name of the O’Hara’s plantation in Margaret Mitchell’s sweeping Southern epic Gone with the Wind. The name has declined in popularity since hitting its peak in the 1970s.


  • gaelic:
  • hindi: Star
  • irish: Rocky hill
  • persian: Star
  • sanskrit: Star; a goddess of Hindu and Buddhist mythology
  • scottish:

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

International Variations

Famous Namesakes:

Olympic figure skater Tara Lipinski, Actress Tara Reid

Celebrity Babies:

Daughter of James Caan, Daughter of Ted Koppel, Daughter of Johnny Cash, Daughter of Oliver Stone