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Namesake: Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861), Ukrainian poet and painter.
-- Anonymous User  1/29/2005
A kid in my health class last year had this name, and he pronounced it TIE-russ, and people would always mispronounce it "TARE-as"
-- Anonymous User  4/13/2006
I have something to say about the name and the etymology as described in the database.

Taras is a name that comes from Greek mythology: he was the son of Poseidon and the nymph Satyrion. Ancient Greek colonists from Sparta founded a city in modern-day Italy and named the city Taras, after him. The Romans, however, called it Tarentum.

Taras itself does not mean "from Tarentum", and neither does Tarasios. Tarasios is simply a form or derivation of Taras. As for the etymology of Taras itself: I believe it comes from an ancient Greek word for "rebel, mutineer" - but I don't dare say this for certain.
-- Lucille  10/30/2007
I suggest anyone who names a son Taras here in the U.S. gives them a middle name they can use in place of their first name. Most people who are not Slavs will have a lot of trouble pronouncing it, or they may mistake it for a girl's name.
-- Arcticwarrior  3/27/2009
Taras Bulba, the hero of the eponymous novel by Nikolai Gogol.
-- mymymetrocard  11/25/2014

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