Origin of the name TARA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name TARA.
From the Sanscrit word for "star." Hebrew Ester,
Zend Stara, Latin and Greek Aster = English Star (allied to all
these words). (The Sunday School Teacher's Bible Manual, Hunter,
name is said to have been used as a girl's name in America since around
1940, having been made popular by Margaret Mitchell's 1936
novel, Gone With the Wind, in which she named the estate of her
main characters Tara. The fictional estate was named after an actual place in Meath that was the
seat of the high kings of Ireland, meaning "high hill."
See Joyce's note below.
Tara Donna Reid, an American actress. Tara
Palmer-Tomkinson, an English columnist, model, and television presenter.
Tara Louise Leniston, an Irish actress. Tara Stevens, a British
journalist of Welsh extraction. (Wiki)
[Tawer] is a simple word, and has pretty much the same meaning as grianan;
it signifies an elevated spot commanding an extensive prospect, and in
this sense it is frequently used as a generic term in Irish MSS.
In Cormac's Glossary it is stated that the teamhair of a house is
a grianan (i.e. balcony), and that the teamhair of a
country is a hill commanding a wide view. This meaning applies to
every teamhair in Ireland, for they are all conspicuously
situated; and the great Tara, in Meath, is a most characteristic
example. Moreover, it must be remembered that a teamhair
was a residence, and that all the teamhairs had originally one or
more forts, which in case of many of them remain to this day.
The genitive of teamhair is teamhrach [taragh
or towragh], and it is this form which has given its present name to
Tara, in Meath, and to every other place whose name is similarly
spelled. By the old inhabitants, however, all these places are
called in Irish Teamhair. Our histories tell us that when
the Firbolgs came to Tara, they called the hill Druim-caoin [Drumkeen],
beautiful ridge; and it was also called Liath-dhruim [Leitrim],
grey ridge. There is a place called Tara in the parish of Witter,
Down, and another in the parish of Durrow, King's County; and Tara is
the name of a conspicuous hill near Gorey, in Wexford, on the top of
which there is a carn.
There was a celebrated royal residence in Munster,
called Teamhair-Luachra, from the district of Sliabh Luachra,
or Slievelougher. Its exact situation is now unknown, though it is
probable that the fort is still in existence; but it must have been
somewhere near Ballahantouragh, a ford giving name to a townland near
Castleisland, in Kerry, which is called in Irish Bel-atha-an-Teamhrach,
the ford-mouth of the Teamhair. A similar form of the name
is found in Knockauntouragh, a little hill near Kildorrery, in Cork, on
the top of which is a fort—the old Teamhair—celebrated in the
There are many other places deriving their names from
these teamhairs, and to understand the following selection, it
must be remembered that the word is pronounced tavver, tawer,
and tower, in different parts of the country. One form is
found in Towerbeg and Towermore, two townlands in the parish of Devenish,
Fermanagh; and there is a Towermore near Castlelyons, in Cork.
Taur, another modification, gives name to two townlands (-more and
-beg), in the parish of Clonfert, same county. Tawran, little Teamhair
(Teamhrán), occurs in the parish of Killaraght, Sligo; we
find the same name in the slightly different form Tavraun, in the parish
of Kilmovee, Mayo; while the diminutive in ín gives name to
Tevrin, in the parish of Rathconnell, Westmeath. (The Origin and
History of Irish Names of Places, Joyce, 1869).