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What does Lara mean?

Lara \l(a)-ra\ as a girls' name is pronounced LAR-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lara is "protection". From "Lares", referring to the individual gods of Roman households, the protectors of home and fields. Also possibly (Latin) "cheerful; famous". It may also be traced to the Greek Larissa. Lara is popular in Russia; it is also a Spanish surname and place name. Literary: name of a central character in Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Zhivago". Actress Lara Flynn Boyle.


Variations

Lara has 6 variants: Laralaine, Laramae, Larina, Larinda, Larita and Larra.

For more information, see also the related girl name Lala.

Lara has 7 more alternative forms via Larissa: Lari, Larisa, Laryssa, Lerissa, Lissa, Lorissa and Lyssa.


Popularity

Lara is a very popular first name for women (#695 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#501 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Lara for girls. Lara entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top rank of #338 in the U.S. during the years 1970-1979, and is currently at #824. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lara name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lara outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Lara and related names. Lissa, Larissa and Lala are the popular varying forms of Lara (#824 a year ago) listed in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names was at its apex during 1980-1989 (usage of 0.2738%) and has become much less since (usage 0.044%, down 83.9%), with the forms Larissa and Lara becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lala, Lara, Larissa, Lissa in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lara outside U.S.


Similar Names

Lara is alike in pronunciation to Larae, Laray, Larea, Laree, Laura, Lauri, Lawra, Leora, Liora, Lira, Liri, Lora, Lorah, Lori, Loria, Lorra, Lory, Lowra, Lura, Lyra and Lyria. Other recommended similar baby names are Bara, Cara, Dara, Fara, Iara, Kara, Lada, Lana, Lark, Lata, Laure, Lavra, Mara, Sara, Tara, Yara and Zara. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lara.

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