Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Tamar f. Hebrew תָּמָר 'date palm'.

The name of an Old Testament character, a 12th-13th C Georgian queen, a 13th C queen consort of Rum, and a 16th C Georgian princess. Wycliffite Bible (1395): Tamar, Thamar.

The name came into use among Protestants in the second half of the 16th C. In Georgia, the name was quite popular due to it also being the name of a mythological sky goddess, though the goddess name is almost certainly of a different (and uncertain) etymology.

Middle French
1564 Thamar RegPCC-1 p. 69; 1570 Thamar ibid. p. 430
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Tamar". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2023, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2023/1/name/Tamar.