Andy vaguely hinted last night that he liked the name Tara. What are your honest opinions on this name? The middle names for a little girl would most likely be Jayne, Eloise or Elizabeth after family.
My thoughts are that it is pretty dated.
I like it! I don’t really think of it as that dated just because it’s never really been all that popular, and it does have the Gone With the Wind association so it’s been around for a while.
Thanks, I don’t really think its that dated but its great to know what other people think about it
kimihaParticipant9 months, 1 week ago
i can see why people think its dated. but i htink it should come back into style. its a simple enough name and it was never the number 1 name so theres no reason not to use it. i like it. it would go well iwth either of those middle names i like tara alot better than some of the new popular ones. madison and harper for example
TheWishingStarParticipant9 months, 1 week ago
I find it kind of dated, too. I only know one under the age of 20 – her full name’s actually Tara Elizabeth, but she goes by Ellie, not Tara. Tara’s pretty and simple, but to me, it’s a little boring. Nothing bad about it, it just doesn’t stand out to me at all…
The reason I think it’s dated is because I grew up with Tara’s and they are not upper 20s and 30s. I do know some younger ones as well but not many. I prefer Kara/Cara. Or even Mara!
Thanks for the feedback. Yellowwatts, I understand your reasoning as to why you think Tara is dated and it is a very valid point. I prefer Cara to, but the reason that we don’t want to use it is because our son, Charlie, has a name beginning with C and if we ever decide to have a third child, we don’t want to be stuck with a trend. Kara, we don’t like as much as Cara as well.
Ladies who think Tara is dated, is this the reasoning behind why you don’t like the name? I’m just being curious. I know of two Tara’s (vaguely), one being a friends mum, who would be in her 40′s now and the other being a 12 year old girl, so maybe its time for a come back?
Obviously the name is not set in stone, just curious as to what you guys think.
I guess it’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just not my style. I think a little girl could pull it off though!
Another idea is Farrah. Or Zara. My fave is still Mara though.
I think since Charlie and Cara start with different sounds, they don’t seem “matchy” to me and wouldn’t tie you in to a “C” theme for any future children.
ashthedreamerParticipant9 months, 1 week ago
I don’t dislike Tara. I like most -ara and -ora names in general (Clara, Cara, Lara, Zara, Mara, Cora, Elora/Eliora, Aurora, etc.), although I like Cara and Clara and Zara much more than Tara itself. Most of the ties to it that most people like (Gone with the Wind, I think, and mythology?) really don’t draw me to it, and I’m not a huge fan of most “T” names (I do like Tess and Tallie/Tallulah, but that’s about it). I’m naturally drawn to the look or sound of something like Cara/Clara and Zara. I think Charlie and Cara would be downright adorable for siblings, and are not too matchy at all, but if it is too much for you, I can see why you’d consider Tara instead. I think Tara Elizabeth is nice, or even Tara Eloise/Tara Jayne. What about Elora? Sort of has a similar feel to Cara for me, and I think Charlie and Elora would be adorable.
lcd1912Participant9 months, 1 week ago
I think Tara is sweet! I have two cousins named Tara (one in her 20s, one in her teens) and I actually overheard them last night say that they have always loved their name and would even consider naming their future daughters Tara! I like Tara Elizabeth the best. Tara Eloise doesn’t sound quite right and Tara Jayne seems too curt with such short names paired together.
What do you think of Terra or Tar(r)ah ?
embraParticipant9 months, 1 week ago
I like Tara fine. I only know one and she is in her early 40s. It was never a super popular name, so I don’t think of it being dated. It can be pronounced two ways, which is something to consider (Tah-rah or Tare-ah). I like the first best, but depending on where you live or where your daughter goes, she might automatically get called the second.
Yellowwatts: I understand that its not your style. Mara is such a fantastic choice, will have to add that to our list! Somehow managed to skip over your suggestion of that from your earlier post whoops!
TwoSapphires: I, too, don’t feel that Charlie and Cara are too matchy, its just that we don’t want to be stuck with a C trend. For example, if we decide to just have three children, I would feel awful if our first two had C names but we couldn’t find another name beginning with C that we loved just as much. Maybe I’m just being paranoid?
ashthedreamer: I completely understand where you are coming from. Your suggestion of Elora is perfect, thank you! Thats gone straight onto the husband approved list, haha! Possibly Elora Jayne? I think that one sounds the best.
Icd1912: Thats so funny that they would name their own daughters Tara. I also think that Tara Elizabeth sounds the best, thanks for your feedback!
embra: The way we are pronouncing Tara is like Tah-rah, so your preferred way. I live in the UK and I’m 99% sure that this is the most common way of pronouncing it.
Anabel ConnerKeymaster9 months, 1 week ago
Just to put in my two cents, I don’t think Tara is dated. I think people often dismiss names as “dated” somewhat frivolously. No name is dated to me, unless it was uber UBER popular at one time. Take for instance the name Shirley, which was so over-the-top popular because of Shirley Temple, that it was only immensely popular due to that one association. And, even in that instance, there are people beginning to use it again. I see names that may be truly dated in the future as being something like Beyonce or Katniss or North. Not a name that has been pretty much quietly used for many, many years like Tara.
Tara never really had that immense popularity to begin with, so it can hardly date someone to one time and place.
I think its a fine name, and it is often difficult to get spouses on board with a name that you both like…that is important, and if he likes it and you as well, that makes it an even more attractive choice.
ashthedreamerParticipant9 months, 1 week ago
I’m so glad you both liked Elora! There is a very adorable little five-year-old in my church named Elora. Her brother’s name is Clark, and they are the cutest. She’s so sweet and shy and princessy and bubbly. I think Elora Jayne is lovely. I like the Jane spelling more, but I assume the Jayne spelling is more meaningful? Either way, it’s a lovely name!
(le sigh. Now I’m totally in love with the idea of Charlie and Cara for siblings, and it has me second-guessing dropping both from my list!)
Just out of curiosity, what does your list look like now? It was what, Elodie, Ottilie, Cara, etc. when you first joined?
I do like Elora Jayne!
lcd1912Participant9 months ago
Taryn is also a ‘fresher’ take on the name?
wishing_gateParticipant9 months ago
Thanks for the amazing feedback everyone. Right okay..
Anabel: Thank you for putting the whole dated thing into perspective for me, I was getting a tiny bit worried that if we did name a little girl Tara, people may comment that it was dated. I think I have about the most stubborn husband ever, and so Tara does seem like a pretty good choice!
Ash: That little girl you just described, sounds EXACTLY like my little niece of the same age. I would love to have a daughter with the same personality as her. I’m glad you like Elora Jayne. Jayne (this spelling) honours my mother of the same name and so I would like to keep it like that, sorry! ooh, don’t drop Charlie and Cara off your lists, theyre both perfect, although im biased, aha! Our list thus far is:
Lilia (new one, husband approved!)
TwoSappires: I’m glad you like Elora Jayne!
Icd1912: I personally adore the name Taryn, unfortunately a close friend of mine got there first Oh, just though, does that make Tara and Taryn too close? Considering they will be about 4 years apart, would it make a difference? Or am I just getting paranoid again?
Anabel ConnerKeymaster9 months ago
I don’t think Tara and Taryn are too close, unless they are going to play with each other ALL the time. I know good friends that have children with very similar names or even the same names, and throughout history it was not uncommon at all for 4 out of 6 girls to have the name Mary, for instance. Everyone lived with that just fine, and this cases are where nicknames were developed. It is something that should be handled on an individual basis.
There is an article here that might have some helpful tips on it for you about similar or same names. Although this isn’t the actual situation you are dealing with, it can still help you to decide if YOU feel that a name may or may not be too close for your comfort.