(45 Posts)
tigrou Mon 18-Nov-13 10:57:36

This name just popped into my head for DD, and I think I'm liking it. What do you think?

HyvaPaiva Mon 18-Nov-13 10:58:34

Love it.

Amrapaali Mon 18-Nov-13 11:00:08

Very beautiful...

SugarMiceInTheRain Mon 18-Nov-13 11:00:30

I like it a lot. Makes me think of Mara Wilson (child actress - Matilda, Miracle on 34th Street etc)

tigrou Mon 18-Nov-13 11:01:02


Pinkbell123 Mon 18-Nov-13 11:11:19

Ooh I love Mara! It was on my girls list smile

kelda Mon 18-Nov-13 11:12:39

I know at least two. Very nice name.

lljkk Mon 18-Nov-13 11:23:12

No like. Will spend life explaining she's NOT Maria.
Mariana is ok (awkward to say but pretty too).
Maria is nice enough.
Marianne is gorgeous, and can be Mara as NN.
Mar = ruin.

TooTryHard Mon 18-Nov-13 12:02:29

I've never heard of it but it's lovely.

I don't think there would be a problem with Maria.

themonsteratemyspacebar Mon 18-Nov-13 12:04:34

Oop north its used as a name for friend or mate. Usually towards a man. 'Alright mara' etc.
Sorry but im not fond due to the above. Its so overused and annoys me anyway, that im sure that it would get a few hmm looks or comments if you lived up here!

But, at the end of the day, who gives a damn what we think? If you like it, go for it! Everybody will have an opinion on any name no matter what you choose.

themonsteratemyspacebar Mon 18-Nov-13 12:06:31

Hang on a sec, i know ive just posted, but looking is it pronounced?

lalouche Mon 18-Nov-13 12:09:05

themonster, it rhymes with Sara

themonsteratemyspacebar Mon 18-Nov-13 12:37:09

Thanks lalouche, in that case its nothing like the mara that we use up here grin
They use the a's as if a for apple IYSWIM?
Instead of the ar sound for sara!

In that case OP, i've changed my opinion and i like it!

floatyflo Mon 18-Nov-13 12:41:38

I love it. Different but not outrageous. Xx

squoosh Mon 18-Nov-13 12:53:15

I really like it, it's one of the words for 'sea' in Irish.

kimblesj Mon 18-Nov-13 12:53:37

It's my middle name and I like
It. Mara that rhymes with Tara. People don't mispronounce it or misspell it and it is unusual without being weird! grin

squoosh Mon 18-Nov-13 12:53:38

or 'of the sea' I suppose is more accurate.

It is a large rodent....

But they are quite cute.

ErrolTheDragon Mon 18-Nov-13 13:03:32

Um. Does sound nice but the only place I've come across 'mara' is in The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

'...the Mara, great troll-like women, practically indestructible, and one of the most significant threats to our protagonists. ... . The mara is a mingled Norse / English representation of the nightmare personified. The Old Norse word mara means a ‘nightmare, incubus,’ while in Old English there is the mære, mara, or mera ‘a night-mare, a monster oppressing men during sleep.’

I love love love it. We spent a few holidays on Skye and the cottage was called Tigh Na Mara. House by the sea in Gaelic.

Unfortunately DH googled Mara and it doesn't mean The Sea in other languages/mythology/cultures and he was put off immediately and would not consider it at all.

Pending DC turned. Out to be a DS so it didn't matter in the end, but I would like to think I could convince him if we had another.

You have my permission to use it (hopefully DH might hear someone called it and it will change his mind)

I think there is also a UK marathon runner name Mara/marra

ErrolTheDragon Mon 18-Nov-13 13:04:31

Oh yes, I'd forgotten about the furry maras, much cuter!

dyslexicdespot Mon 18-Nov-13 13:20:38

As errol mentioned, a Mara is a mythical creature in Scandinavia. It can also be used as a curse word, similar to the way 'Hag' would be used in English.

dyslexicdespot Mon 18-Nov-13 13:25:08

Having said that, if I meet a woman or a girl named Mara, I would be thrilled and hope that she lived up to her namesake!

tigrou Mon 18-Nov-13 14:22:23

Nobody's put me off... I'm loving it more and more


CountingStars Mon 18-Nov-13 16:33:53

It's nice, quite pretty.

It's the name of what is considered to be the Buddhist version of the devil, just so you know.

Ssshhhhhh countingstars that may be the reason dh dislikes it

Onesleeptillwembley Mon 18-Nov-13 16:43:57

It's not a term up north for a mate at all, certainly not in Yorkshire, Cumbria or Lancashire. Don't know where pp got that idea from.
I did read an old book many years ago called 'the Making Of Mara' and loved the name.

squoosh Mon 18-Nov-13 16:50:14

So Mara means...............

Furry troll woman
Cute rodent

Love it! grin


Several rivers
A people
A language
Goddess of several different mythologies
A song
An album
The real name of the lion actor inBorn free
And the clincher, a being in Doctor Who!

I love it grin

squoosh Mon 18-Nov-13 19:11:24

Yuck, the Doctor Who connection is the one that would actually turn me off it.

GRW Mon 18-Nov-13 20:22:15

I think it's lovely and unusual. I knew an Amara once which I also like.

qumquat Wed 20-Nov-13 17:55:41

It also means bitter in Hebrew. In the bible Ruth (or was it Naomi?) changes her name to Mara after the other one dies because "The Lord has dealt bitterly with me". This was the only meaning I knew- it's still my favourite name though!

ErrolTheDragon Wed 20-Nov-13 18:18:39

By coincidence there's a Cumbria thread at the moment in which a few people are using 'marra' - not 'mara'. Just to clear that one up! grin

ccsays Wed 20-Nov-13 22:36:28

Mara is also the demon that tried to stop the buddha from becoming enlightened.

RaRa1988 Sat 23-Nov-13 19:08:42

Wouldn't use it up north: looks too much like 'marra' (close friend/soul mate) and sounds like 'marr her' in a Geordie accent.

bunnyhopper17 Thu 28-Nov-13 19:22:19

Due soon and just came across this name and really like it for a number of reasons BUT would you use it with surname Muir?

NadiaWadia Thu 28-Nov-13 19:54:12

bunnyhopper don't know, but it might be a bit of a tongue-twister!

RaRa it is pronounced 'Mah-ra', not with a short 'a'.

I think it's very nice, and unusual too.

I would bunnyhopper, we have a McSurname and Mara is top of my list!

mydaftlass Thu 28-Nov-13 21:38:43

It makes me think of Doris Lessing's Mara and Dann. I like it!

Yika Thu 28-Nov-13 22:59:28

I know several Maras. They are all Italian. I find it very pretty!

what about maren?

MacaYoniandCheese Fri 29-Nov-13 23:08:37

I love it. It makes me think of Mara Leonidis (she's from Greece) in the Trebizon books. Feisty, loyal, clever and cool.

Marasmummy1 Tue 14-Jan-14 19:14:01

It's my daughter's name and OH and me love it. It's short, sweet and ladylike despite its biblical meaning. My siblings and nephew/nieces all have biblical names and I wanted to carry on the tradition.

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