Ira (name)

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Ira (/ˈrə/ or /ˈaɪərə/ or /ˈrə/) is a male and female given name. In Sanskrit, Ira (इरा)(ih-RAH) is the name of the goddess Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom and knowledge), short for Iravati. Ira (इरा) is the daughter of Daksha who was married to the sage Kashyap.

In Russia and Finland, Ira is a female given name, which is the short form of the Greek name Eirene. Eirene was a Greek goddess that was the personification of peace, and the name itself means peace. Ira can be a nickname for Ireneo, Irenej, Ireneus, Irnes and Irinij.

In Hebrew, the name Ira (עִירָא, Modern Hebrew Ira, Tiberian Hebrew ʻÎrâ) has several meanings, among them "Watchful".

In the United States, the given name Ira was in the top 100 names from 1880, the first year recorded, until 1896 and steadily declined for over a century; only in 2016 did the name return to the Social Security Administration's top 1000 names.[1]

Ira may refer to:




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  1. ^ "Popularity of a Name". United States Social Security Administration. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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