Iva

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Slavic Ива
Meaning: “goat willow; pussy willow.”
Eng (I-vuh); Slav (EE-vah).

The name can have a few different etymologies. It could be a short form of Ivana, or a feminine form of Ivo; or it could be derived from the general Slavic word for the pussy willow.

It is also the name of a genus of plant in the Asteraceae family and its the name of a type of tree.

In the English-speaking world, this name was fairly common at the beginning of the 20th-century. The highest it ranked in U.S. naming history was in 1890, coming in as the 113th most popular female name.

As of 2009, Iva was the 10th most popular female name in Croatia. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 58 (Slovenia, 2010)
  • # 64 (Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010)

The name also appears in Polynesian Mythology as the name of the underworld, and is a fairly common female name in Maori culture.

Tara

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Various
Eng (TAH-rah; TARE-uh)

The name can be of several different origins and meanings depending on the bearer of the name. It could be from the Sanskrit and Hindi तारा meaning, “star.”

In Hinduisim, Tara (Devi), a Mahavidya of Mahadevi, Kali or Parvati is a star goddess, she is considered one of the Great Wisdom goddesses.

In Buddhism, Tara is the name of a tantric meditation goddess.

In the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, it is the name of the wife of the monkey king, Vali, who married the king’s brother, Sugriva, after Vali’s death.

Among the Irish Diaspora, the name was usually used in reference to the sacred hill, Tara, where the high kings were usually coronated. In this case, the name is an anglicized form of the Gaelic, Teamhair, meaning, “elevated place.”

It may have been further popularized in the English-speaking world by the 1936 Margaret Mitchell novel, Gone with the Wind, in which the plantation is called Tara, in honour of the hill in Ireland.

In South Slavic languages, it could either be a contracted form of Tamara, or it could be taken from the name of the river which runs through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is also the name of a river in Russia.

As of 2009, Tara was the 30th most popular female name in Croatia. Her popularity in other countries are as follows:

  • # 50 (Slovenia, 2010)
  • # 62 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 77 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 126 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 774 (United States, 2010)

It is also the name of a sea goddess in Polynesian Mythology.

Tiare

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Rapa Nui/Tahitian
Meaning: “flower.”
(tee-AH-rey)

The name comes directly from the Rapa Nui word for flower. Rapa Nui is a language spoken on Eastern Island closely related to the other Polynesian languages like Tahitian. In Tahitian, the name means the same thing.

Spelled Thiare (not the correct spelling but the same derivative) the name is the 45th most popular female name in Chile, (2010).