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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: Watcher

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ira

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ira in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Ira:

  • Records indicate that 50,042 boys in the United States have been named Ira since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 879 people in the U.S. were given the name Ira. Those people are now 73 years old.

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      23 Positive Comments

  • "I named my son Ira. I love the name for a boy. People assume it?s a girls name all. the. time. Rather annoying, but it?s not a common name so I can?t be too mad. People also say ?Ear- uh? 🤷‍♀️" Apr. 26, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira. I am a 28-year-old male who was named after his father. I hated the name growing up. I thought it was weird and old and just too uncommon. Whenever my family went to fairs, carnivals, or amusement parks, there were never any of those named souvenirs with my name on it. I always felt left out. When people asked my name they would ask me if I meant "Ian" as if I didn't know my own name. As I grew up I learned to appreciate my name, it's meaning, and the fact that it finds it's origin in one of the most ancient languages and cultures in the world. I find it to be strong and pleasant to the ear. I learned that one of the main reasons I hated my name was because I believed my father hated that I was named after him. I wished, for that reason, that I could have a name of my own. It took me a while to realize that "Ira" was/is my name, and I can be a completely different "Ira" than my dad is. I wish more young men were named Ira. It's an older, mature, strong name with a wonderful meaning." Oct. 15, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ira and I love it! I think it's a strong name, has character and is unique. Easy to say, easy to spell and it isn't made up." Sep. 25, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first given name is Ira. Although my father and great grandfather had second given names "IRA", I believe there is only one other person with my first given name in the 13,519 people listed in my family tree. I am very pleased with my very unique name and I feel that it fits my unique personality. No one has ever said that my name sounded feminine although most Spanish speakers pronounce it EAR-AH where it is often given to a girl. I enjoy the Biblical origin and the meaning "watchful". I try to live my life to keep this name honorable. My twin sister's name is Illa pronounced EYE-LAH." Sep. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "A charming name, suitable for a male or female, I would say." May. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Think If i Have a Baby Its Defo On The Cards =)" Mar. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my daughter Ira , i think its the most beautiful name and it suits a girl more that a boy." Dec. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am an Indian doctor.My niece's name is Ira. She is very pretty.It is an Indian [Hindu] goddess's name." Nov. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name!! My husband and I named our son Ira. We wanted something different, and we named him after my brother (his midle name is Ira). Everybody from around where we live think that Ira is a girl's name. Ira rocks!" Feb. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I first saw this name on the History Channel on a documentary for the 7 deadly sins, before I realized it was actually a Hebrew name for boys meaning "watchful." I always just thought of anger when I heard the name." Jan. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira. I'm male. The funny thing is... I actually feel like an Ira, If that makes sense!! I enjoy my name and it's mystery..." Sep. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am searching for unique names to name my baby and came across Ira. There is an indian version of name Ira meaning earth/ Muse and its a girl's name. I love it and my husband loves it too." Jul. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im a girl and my name is ira. well actually just my nickname. my name is really shamIRA." Jul. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is ira and i was named after my great grandpa ira.i love the name ira" Jul. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i actually had a plan since i was a teenager to change my name since i really hated the name my mother gave me which she hardly knew it's meaning. So i searched for names & their meaning especially a small simple name!! and though it was a male name,i don't care-i'm gonna surprise my mum with my new name!! i'm sure she'll love it! anyway! its just a name i'm changing,I'm still the same person! so no offense!" Mar. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am girl and my name is ira and i find ira is girlish name.its unique to" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am girl and my name is ira and i find ira is girlish name.its unique to" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name, would really like my next baby, if it's a boy to be called Ira. Only thing is we have friends with a daughter called Iris. It sounds very similar. Maybe too similar." Dec. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "wel its my name n i am a girl livin in india. its beeen anice experience though pple mispronounce n even mis spell it. they often ask the meanin well dats d price u pay for an unusual name. cheers" Dec. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I named our son Ira , it's a nice name very unique. We wanted something that wasn't an everyday name and not so common. He is named after his great great Uncle." Sep. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Another lovely biblical name. I love bible names and Ira is one of my personal favourites. It has a very soft, gentle, yet strong sound and ages very well. Ira is not a girl's name, as many people think or have been led to believe. It is a male name and has always been so. There were never any girl's named Ira in the bible. It saddens me to see that Ira has been 'feminised' like so many other boy's names. Ira may have a gentle sound but that does not mean it is feminine! It is a boy's name and is male through and through! It is NOT a girl's name. Please remember this!" Jun. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is definatley going to be my kids name in the future" Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Classic Name...Would love to see it come back around." Feb. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "I love this male name. M going to call my new male puppy, a Scottish Terrier, Ira. It was my father's middle name and a given name of a male cousin in my family." Jul. 29, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira and I am girl. it's great even tho sometimes they always refer me as Mr. But I am happy my name is unique here in the Philippines" May. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "A am a 50 year old man named Ira, and growing up with this name in Suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, I might as well been a Boy named "Sue". I'm used to it now, but when I met my Wife, her girlfriends gave her a really hard time about my name. She didn't tell me at first, as she thought it would upset me. After being called "Iran" for three years in High School, because of the rise of the current Iranian regime and the US hostages, I would say I would have preferred another name." Aug. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira and I'm female..born in germany it was a more common female name and it sounds nice but since living in the US everybody always thinks I'm a male and the pronunciation just doesn't make it pretty always have to explain..." Dec. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Used to hate it as a kid. Now I like it much. Most mispronunciations are ear-a rather than "eye ra". Have met and known only two other Iras." Oct. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira. I have asked to my good fried from 20 years to name his soon-to-be-born son Ira. Besides naming him after me, please give him oher good reasons why he should name his son Ira!" Jul. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Ira and I am a Male 30 yrs old. My father was named Ira in 1927 and I was named after him. I do not go by Ira, as I have never really liked the name. People find it to be odd, especially men.. However, most females I meet love the name.. I wouldn't recommend it for a boy.." Mar. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ira is the most spectacular name. It has a long history and is definitely unique. I know someone who has this name and their comment is 'its ok'. I believe it is more than ok. I believe it is a name which predicts 'greatness." Nov. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira, n i enjoy the fact that it is because ive never met another Ira other than a family member" Feb. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ira Levin was a famous American author. He died in 2007 aged 78. Another famous Ira - definitely a male one - is Ira Gershwin, brother of George." Jun. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandfathers name was Ira and he never seemed to have any problems with it. As a matter of fact he was a very well respected man. He is the only one that I have ever heard of to have this name. I have decided to name my son after him. He is due this May." Mar. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The worst thing is getting a call from someone whom I don't know, who asks for Ms. xxxxx, assuming that "Ira", since it ends in a vowel, must be a girl's name." Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Though this name comes from Hebrew, Ira is the Latin word for anger. Most won't pick up on that fact, but those who do could certainly be bothersome." Oct. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ira, and it has treated me well. A lot of people say they thought it was a girl's name- despite never having met a girl named Ira. Probably because it's one of the few male names that end in "A"" Nov. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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