Meaning and name origin
Pilar \p(i)-lar\ as a girl's name is pronounced pee-LAR. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Pilar is "pillar". In Catholic tradition, a reference to a marble pillar connected with an appearance of the Virgin Mary. Used mostly by Spanish-speaking parents.
Pilar is a very popular first name for females (#1210 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#42502 out of 88799, Top 48%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Pilar for girls. Pilar reached its highest rank of #942 in the U.S. in 1920-1929. (2014 statistics).