What does Lara mean?
Lara /lara/ [2 sylls.] 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.more]
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. 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. in the 1970s, and is currently at #824. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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. Forms like Lari are uncommon. 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)
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.