Name: Mara

Origin and Meaning of the Name Mara

  • Meaning:
    Bitter
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    Variant of Maria
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    Destroyer
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  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (MAH rah)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Mara)
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Miscellaneous Info for Mara

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  • Used in:
    English, Hebrew, Hindi and Hungarian speaking countries
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    Mara is a name that appears in many mythologies.

    A Hebrew name meaning "bitter, bitterness", Mara is one with the Biblical figure of Naomi. She changed her name from Naomi (pleasant) to Mara after she suffered the deaths of her husband and her two sons (see Book of Ruth).

    Mara is also a Hungarian variant of Maria.

    In Latvian mythology, Mara is the highest-ranking goddess.
    In Germanic but particularly Scandinavian folklore, a mara or mare is a kind of malignant female wraith believed to cause nightmares. "Mara" is the Old Norse, Swedish and Icelandic name, "mare" is Norwegian and Danish.
    In Belarusian mythology, "Mara" or "Marena" is the god of darkness and death.

    Mara is a Sanskrit and Pali word meaning death-bringing or the destroying (from the verbal root mri to die), but also thus associated to humans and the "mortal world". He or She is a Hindu spirit of temptation, sometimes coined as the god of death; and also a "demon" of the Buddhist cosmology, the personification of Temptation.
    Mara is a unisex given name among Hindus.



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