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Lara 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.
Lara has 6 variant forms: Laralaine, Laramae, Larina, Larinda, Larita and Larra.
For more information, see also the related name Lala.
Baby names that sound like Lara are Lira, Laray, Larae, Lari, Laura, Lora, Lawra, Larea, Lura and Lyra.
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Popularity of Lara
Lara is a very popular first name for women (#695 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#678 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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