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Tamara Karsavina was a famous Russian ballerina.
eponine_pontmercy  12/5/2005
I've also known this name to be of Hebrew origin, meaning "palm tree" or "date palm".
tambug  1/13/2006
This sounds like a name for a rebellious, free-spirited or spunky girl. I still like it though, it's cute and strong-sounding.
― Anonymous User  3/8/2006
I know a nice girl named Tamara but I never cared for the name much, has always sounded sort of sickly and that includes its cutesy nick Tammy.
lindamaree  3/8/2006
I love this name! And it's WAY better than Ashlee, Alexis, Sam or Jessica. It's unique and rare. A nice nickname can be "Tams" or "Tamis."
― Anonymous User  4/3/2006
TAMARA is a character in my story. She is a reckless, street-smart 12-year-old who lives in a treehouse, because she supposedly is an orphan. The character gets into a lot of trouble all the time and is known for her ill-mannered, sarcastic wit. I named her this because this is a a form of the Biblical name TAMAR which meant "spice" or "palm tree" and the comparision is that she is like spice and spikey like a palm tree (in a simile, of course); there was also a Tamar in the Old Testament who got her own way and could be said she was one brash girl. Although, I was thinking of naming her Tamar but then again, for an American or English book, it wouldn't sound too proper for a character who is half-Caucasian, plus it wouldn't be fair to just use it loosely since it's a name from the Scriptures. TAMARA could also be spelt TAMARAH and it has a unique, mysterious sounding.
― Anonymous User  4/8/2006
This name has never grown on to me much. It has always reminded me either of the girl from the show 'Sister Sister' (which ironically my sister used to watch!) or of 'Tammy' a name that sounds too ickish for me. It is actually Hebrew and means "palm tree" or "bitterness" at least that's what I've heard. It's ok for a character but never really liked it for anyone, my opinion though.
― Anonymous User  4/29/2006
Former actress Tamara Braun from "General Hospital" bears this name. She has been the only one who could portray Carly Corinthos to the fullest.
Missy  5/22/2006
Tamara is actually a Hebrew name. As a user mentioned above it can mean "palm tree" or "bitterness." And it is also a form of 'Tamar', which is Biblical for "palm tree" and/or "spice."
― Anonymous User  5/24/2006
Tamara is actually pronounced Tam-AR-rah not Tam-AH-rah, some people I know pronounce this name Tam-AH-rah. I like the pronunciation of Tam-Ai-rah too which can be another way of pronouncing it.
― Anonymous User  6/3/2006
A famous bearer was Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka 1898 - 1980.
Caprice  6/5/2006
I have several friends who pronounce this TA-ma-ra.
CamilleTheGreat  6/18/2006
I've known several people with this name, and they all pronounced it TAM-uh-ruh or TAM-ruh.
gigibee  7/19/2006
I love this name, because it is my favourite caretaker from kindergarten's name. I really cared for her. It's also one of my character's names (:P) and she's my main character's best friend. She's spunky, originial, rebellious, full of life and very joyful. Tamara is a great name.
― Anonymous User  7/22/2006
I have also seen it pronounced TAM-uh-ruh or TAM-ruh but also Ta-Mare-ah (the middle part Mare pronounce Mare like in a horse).
― Anonymous User  8/3/2006
Tamara is a very beautiful and elegant name.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2006
Tamara appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1940's. Its most popular year was the 1970's where it ranked 90.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
This name reminds me of a sexy, strong, intellectual woman. I think it is very unique and exotic sounding.
― Anonymous User  10/16/2006
This was the name of a Queen of Georgia (not Georgia, USA but the country Georgia in eastern Europe) in the 1100's. Her reign was called the "Golden Age of Georgia" and her contemporaries called her King. She defeated the Moslems threatening to invade her country and whole mountain tribes willlingly converted to Christianity from Islam under her.
aghosta21  1/11/2007
Also a girls name in Slovenia.
earthnut  7/3/2007
I have a friend with this name, but she pronounces it TAM-ruh.
joanie2007  8/17/2007
Alternative spelling: Tamra.
leananshae  11/26/2007
Mara (MARE-ah or MAR-ah, depending on how Tamara is pronounced) makes a much nicer alternative to Tammy as a nickname.
Townzell  4/10/2008
This name has sounded trashy to me for a long time. It just always sort of makes me think of worn out trailer park or redneck wives who wear clothes from 10 years earlier that have gotten too youthful and too tight for them and who speak like middle school dropouts. And that despite the fact that Russian names generally don't wind up sounding like that. I guess Americans have a way of ruining certain names. My guess is that names ending in -lene/een once sounded sophisticated. When they catch on in the wrong places and become popular with the wrong people, they're ruined for decades.
slight night shiver  5/8/2008
I like this name, but I would never use it because I would be afraid people would shorten it to Tammy, which I hate. To me, Tammy is a very trashy name.
TiffanyS  6/19/2008
It's my name. I don't think it's trashy but I would prefer something else for a name. It means date palm and lady princess I heard somewhere.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2008
Pronounced "tah-mah-rah".
Emilie007  9/7/2008
My daughter's name is Tamara Michelle. She is 25. I named her this because I thought it was pretty and melodious. However, we always called her Tammy. I liked that name from the song Tammy sung by Debbie Reynolds, from the Tammy movie starring Sandra Dee. I also thought that she could go by either Tammy or if she decided she needed a more professional sounding name once she started her career. She had it in Tamara. However, we've always had a problem with the pronunciation of her full name. We pronounce it Ta mar ah. Not Tam er ah. I have a brother, Mark, and we don't say Merk. So, don't know why the vowels aren't pronounced the way they are supposed to be by so many. I also think it depends of the US you live in as to how Tammy sounds. Maybe in the south possibly, Tammy may sound trashy, but not on the west coast.
KerryJ  9/23/2008
A famous bearer is Canadian actress Tamara Taylor (born September 27, 1970), best known for her role as Camille Saroyan on the TV series "Bones". She also appeared in the short-lived television series "3 lbs." and "Sex, Love & Secrets".
AndrewJKD  12/19/2009
Tamara is a Croatian name too.
goricar  3/3/2010
This name is also frequently used in The Netherlands. [noted -ed]
Lucille  3/19/2010
Cecelia Ahern used this name for her main character in The Book of Tomorrow, Tamara Goodwin. She starts of as a very spoilt character.
― Anonymous User  6/8/2010
Love Tamara. Hate Tammy.
Dawson  12/22/2010
Tamara is my middle name and my mother wanted it pronounced TA-Mara. It's a middle name, so, I really never used it much (my first name is Stephanie). I did, though, have to correct one of my teachers who had to pronounce it at my high school graduation. I never liked Tamra or Tamera. I always thought Mara would be a good nickname.
pksteph  3/31/2011
Spelled "Tamora," she is the villainous Queen of the Goths in Shakespeare's tragedy, "Titus Andronicus."
mothwing  6/27/2011
Also a popular Ukrainian name. [noted -ed]
Lesia  2/22/2012
The name Tamara was given to 201 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
"Tam-ruh" is the most common (and, in my opinion, the proper) pronunciation of this name in North America. Why isn't that pronunciation listed?
Tamara's my aunt's name, and that's how she pronounces it. I've never met a Tamara who pronounced it any other way.
harry_sent_me  8/13/2013
A classy, beautiful name. :-)
― Anonymous User  4/7/2014
Tamara does not mean 'spice' but 'tin', in Sanskrit.

There is another word, Tāmara (long a), listed in the Monier-Williams dictionary as meaning 'water' or 'ghee', but it is from a very in-credible source (it only shows up on one document which collects rare or unusual words).

However, Tāmara (again, long a) is also a word in the Dravidian languages of South Indian, where it has the more poetic meaning of 'lotus'.
skolaidhe  1/21/2015
I once had a classmate named Tamara, who pronounced it "tuh-MARE-uh." I feel so sorry for her, because our substitute teachers never pronounced her name correctly! Most substitute teachers thought it was "TAM-er-uh," though one teacher thought it was "tuh-MAR-uh." The teacher would always say Tamara incorrectly, and then the entire class would say, "tuh-MARE-uh!" It seemed hilarious at the time.
― Anonymous User  2/2/2015
I've known lots of Tamara's. It reminds me of "tomato".
Espy  4/14/2015
My name is Tamara and I love my name. Since my dad didn't like my name and for whatever reason couldn't say it correctly he nicknamed me Tammy. I have read the previous comments and disagree with a lot of them. My nickname isn't trailer trashy because I am not, I am quite the opposite. However I do live up to the meaning I am spicy like a spice, my family says I am a spitfire though. It is also pronounced in MY family TAH-MARE-RUH. Although no one calls me that they stick to Tammy, which is cool. Even my job does the same. So no I am not trailer trashy or young and stupid like some comments suggests. I am a well educated medical professional with 1 son and 1 dog and 2 cats who enjoys life and what it offers.
isiahsmom  9/19/2015
Very beautiful girls name. A name that sounds pretty and not used too much. I like it :-)
― Anonymous User  10/15/2015
My name is Tamara, pronounced Tam-ruh. My boss pronounces it Tam-AH-rah which I think is awesome and the way she says it makes it even more beautiful. I also love that most people have never met anyone named Tamara or have only known maybe one or two other people with the same name. I never liked the nickname Tammy and only one person calls me that... I let him get away with it because he is just teasing and very kind about it. I also have a bachelors degree, a great job as an accountant, and am very conservative. My parents always called me Tamara and were respectful that I did not like being called Tammy although my brother would call me that when we were kids to tease me... and it worked, it upset me for sure lol!
Tamara10101977  1/8/2016
Reminds me of tomato.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
Tamara Todevska, known as Tamara, is a Macedonian pop singer. She was born to a Macedonian father and a Bosnian Serb mother, Branka. Her sister is the well known pop singer Tijana Dapčević.
cutenose  5/30/2016
The name Tamara was given to 177 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/14/2016
My mom went with Tamera and Tami for my spellings. I always cringe when people ask for Tu MARE ah. I respond "TAM er uh -- long for TAM i." If people want to use the pronunciation of Tu MARE ah, it should be shortened to Tu MMY.

I spent 4th to 12th grade insisting that everyone at school call me Tamera. When I hit college, I decided that I was sick of correcting everyone and went back to Tami. I tolerate the name Tami, but I can't stand the name Tammy, and just don't feel like a Tamera (which my mom only used so that I would have a more grown up option someday). I have major issues with my name. It's rarely said correctly and was out of fashion by the time my parents used it.
― Anonymous User  8/28/2016
Also used in Hungary. Pronounced: TAW-maw-raw. [noted -ed]
HerculePoirot  9/1/2016
My older sister's name is Tamara and I think it's a really elegant name! It means palm tree and she is almost 6 foot tall so it suits her well. It sounds exotic too, you don't hear it very often so I like the fact that it's a fairly unique name!
taylapaige144  10/25/2016
Tamara Laura Czartoryska, in Polish also Princess Tamara Laura Czartoryska, in Spanish Tamara Laura Maria de los Dolores Luisa Fernanda Victoria y Todos los Santos Czartoryski y Picciotto, is a sportswoman and model who occasionally appears on television programs. She is the daughter of Prince Adam Czartoryski Borbón, who was born in Spain where he grew up with his first cousin, King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
cutenose  1/17/2017
Tamara Ecclestone Rutland is a British model, socialite, television personality, and the daughter of billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone was born in Milan, the daughter of Bernie Ecclestone, the former chief executive of the Formula One Group, and model Slavica Ecclestone. She is the sister of Petra Stunt. She was educated at Francis Holland School in London.
cutenose  2/16/2017
This is my name and though I now couldn't picture myself not being named Tamara, this name has given me numerous headaches when attempting to correct people's pronunciation, vastly Anglophones. They have a way of converting the middle a into an e which makes it sound Tah-Mare-ah and that is bad. I guess that's why some of the above don't think too much of it because English kills this name and that's the root of the problem. I find my name very elegant and strong, it's not being too common an advantage. In Spanish, Tamara sounds way better and captures the classy, strong and feminine ring of it. And contrary to those above, I like being called Tamy every once and then, though I like it written with just one m because consistently, my name only has one m not two. Even if people think my name is trashy, I don't care now. Took me a long time to embrace my name and negative comments won't make me dislike it again.
QueenNeferTamy  3/30/2017
Pronounced Tam-air-a (same as McNamara). I was named for a woman born in the 1860s so I figure mine must be the proper pronunciation :-)
1stTamara  6/11/2017
I love my name, even though so many mispronounce it, and people who say that it sounds trashy or other negative comments should consider that we don't get to choose our name. I personally think that all names are beautiful, because your parents gave yours to you and they did it out of love of the name or due to love or respect for the one you were named for.
1stTamara  6/11/2017
I do believe that Tamara is beautiful. My uncle named my sister and she is not trashy at all.
Quinpatben09  9/9/2017
Never met a Tamara until last week. She pronounced it TAM-er-a and for some reason I had a hard time saying it right. Once I accidentally referred to her as "tomorrow". My bad!
― Anonymous User  11/1/2017

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