Meaning and name origin
Lara \l(a)-ra\ as a girl's 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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Lala.
Lara is a very popular first name for females (#695 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#678 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lara for girls. Lara reached its highest rank of #338 in the U.S. in 1970-1979. (2014 statistics).
Lara▼ is also pronounced similarly to Larae, Laray, Larea, Laree, Lari, Laura▼, Lauri▼, Lawra, Leora▼, Liora, Lira, Liri, Lora▼, Lorah, Lori▼, Loria, Lorra, Lory, Lowra, Lura▼, Lyra and Lyria. Other suggested 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.