What does Lara mean?
Lara [lara] 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.
Affiliated girl name: Lala.Creative forms:
(female) Latra, Lourra, ..
(male) Laer, Laram, .. Middle name pairings:
Lara Priya (L.P.), ..
How popular is Lara?
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. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Lara for girls. Lara reached its top rank of #324 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #817. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Shown below is a study of the history of Lara and related names. Larissa (#1159 a year ago), Lyssa, Lissa, Larita, Lala and Larisa are the popular varying forms of Lara (#817 a year ago) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Lari, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Lara was widespread 5 decades ago (usage of 0.05%) and has become much diminished since (usage 0.02%, down 54.3%), with the form Larissa falling out of fashion.
Lara is alike in pronunciation to Larae, Laray, Larea, Laree, Laura▼, Lauri▼, Lawra, Leeora, Leorah, Liora, Lira, Liri, Lora▼, Lorah, Loree, Lorey, Loria, Lorie▼, Lorra, Lorrae, Lorri▼, Lorry, Lory, Lyra▲ and Lyria. Other recommended names are Afra, Bara, Cara▼, Cera, Cira, Clara▼, Cyra, Dara▼, Dora▼, Edra, Fara, Hajra, Iara, Jadra, Kara▼, Karra, Kiara▼, Kora▲, Laci▼, Lada, Lal, Lalia, Lalla, Lalya, Lana▲, Lanah, Lanai, Lanna, Larena, Lark, Lata, Laure, Lavra, Leia▲, Lela▼, Lila▲, Lorna▼, Luba, Mahra, Mara▲, Maura, Mayra▼, Orra, Sabra, Sara▼, Seara, Tara▼, Teara, Yara and Zara▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lara.See names in meaning and etymology.