Mara Family CrestThe Irish surname Mara is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Meadhra meaning “descendant of Meadhair” a personal name derived from meadhair meaning “mirth.” The Mara family originated in county Tipperary centered around Toomevara ( O’Meara’s Hill.) The name is most numerous in Tipperary and the south-east of Ireland. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1702 when Hannah Mara settled in Philadelphia. Today there are 3,000 bearers of the name Mara living in The United States.

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