Ira (name)

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Ira (/ˈrə/ or /ˈaɪərə/ or /ˈrə/) is a male and female given name. As a Sanskrit male name, its meaning is that of the wind-God, Vayu. As a Sanskrit female name (इरा Eh-RAH), its meaning is “the Earth”. It is also the name given to Goddess Saraswati (Goddess of wisdom and knowledge).

In Russia and Finland, Ira is a female given name, a version of the name of the Greek goddess Hera, Ήρα, queen of the gods and wife of Zeus.

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]




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