Meaning and Name Origin
Pilar \p(i)-lar\ as a girls' 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 prominent first name for women (#1210 out of 4276, Top 28%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#42502 out of 88799, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Pilar for girls. Pilar was first listed in 1920-1929 and reached its top rank of #942 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)