Mara is a name of Hebrew origin and is generally used to name a baby girl. In Ireland, the name is also used as surname, a shortened version of the surname O'Mara. This is a variation of the old ecclesiastical name Marcel in Hungarian, a nickname for Marek or Martin. The present meaning of Mara is ‘bitter’ which suggests strength. In Syrian and Nigerian, the meaning of Mara is a 'woman' and 'beautiful' respectively. In Hindu and Buddhist cultures, the word Mara is related to different Sanskrit words 'mala', which means 'rosary', 'mallika', which means 'jasmine', and 'maurya' which means 'peacock'. A retired tennis player from Italy, Mara Santangelo won her first WTA in 2006 and won The French Open, Grand Slam Doubles in 2007. Adele Mara, an American actor, singer and dancer was popular in the '40s, '50s, '60s. She appeared as the dancer on ‘Xavier Cugat's Show.’ Mara has been on the list of top 1000 names in the United States since the '50s.