Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Amara

Amara is a name recently discovered by African-Americans; the name comes from Nigeria – it means “grace, mercy, kindness” in the native Igbo language. Naming one’s baby girl Amara is akin to calling her Grace in the English language; Carissa in the Latin language or Hannah/Anna from the Hebrew language (all of which mean “grace, favor”, too). Amara is the newest of these “graceful” and “kind” names, and a lovely way to celebrate one’s African heritage. Amara is also a name used among Spanish speakers probably with reference to the Latin verb “amare” meaning “to love” (although let it be known that “amara” is both the Latin and Italian word for “bitter” – see Mara). Many people (erroneously) seem to think that Amara comes from Greek language meaning “eternal, immortal, undying” – although we uncovered zero evidence to support this claim. However, “Amar” (अमर) in Hindi means “immortal”, therefore Amara could be considered the female equivalent of Amar. Whatever meaning you want to ascribe to your daughter’s name, Amara is a lovely choice. The name is freshly exotic and understatedly pretty.

All About the Baby Name – Amara

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME AMARA

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME AMARA

Amara is new to the 21st century – at least in the United States. The name debuted on the American female naming charts in the year 2000 and it quickly adhered to the list. Amara has climbed to low levels of moderate usage, but she seems to have found her place on the charts. We’re not sure what etnic group is the driving force behind Amara’s sudden usage. African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Indian/Hindu-Americans all can find positive meaning behind this minimalistic beauty.

Quick Facts

ON AMARA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

African-American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

581

PRONUNCIATION:

a-MAHR-a

SIMPLE MEANING:

Grace; To Love; Bitter; Immortal

Characteristics

OF AMARA

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Amara

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME AMARA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Amara

Popular Songs

ON AMARA

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Famous People

NAMED AMARA

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Children of Famous People

NAMED AMARA

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME AMARA

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