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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?

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.

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.

Ilovekittyelise Fri 29-Nov-13 23:04:20

what about maren?

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

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

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

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

GlaikitFizzog Thu 28-Nov-13 21:30:10

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

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.

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?

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.

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

WhispersOfWickedness Mon 18-Nov-13 19:09:12

I love it grin

GlaikitFizzog Mon 18-Nov-13 19:04:40


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!

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

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

Furry troll woman
Cute rodent

Love it! grin

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.

GlaikitFizzog Mon 18-Nov-13 16:38:08

Ssshhhhhh countingstars that may be the reason dh dislikes it

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.

GlaikitFizzog Mon 18-Nov-13 14:39:31


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

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

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!

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.

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

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

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