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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 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).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lara and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Lara (#824), Larissa and Lala. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

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.