Samara is a female given name of uncertain origin. It’s the name of a city in Russia which was named after the Samara River that runs through the city (although there are several rivers named Samara in Russia). It was originally founded as a fortress city in 1586 in order to protect against invading nomadic tribes, which later grew to be a city.
Samara is the Latin name for the River Somme in France, likely derived from a Celtic source possibly meaning “tranquility” or “rest”, or perhaps related to a Gaulish word meaning “summer”; it also refers to the dried fruit of certain trees (such as the ash, elm, or maple) which comes from Latin samara (elm seed).
Spelled Samarra, it’s the name of an ancient city in Iraq. It’s also possible that it’s an Arabic female name, a variant of Samar meaning “evening conversation” or “companion in evening talk” derived from Arabic root س م ر s-m-r (to stay awake; to speak at night).
Samara is also a Kannada word meaning “war” derived form Sanskrit samara समर.
Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Sanskrit, Arabic