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What does Lara mean?

Lara Pronunciation of 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH roman, cheerful (joy), greek, russia, surname


VARIANTS Laralaine, Laramae, Larina, Larinda, Larita, Larra


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA LARISSA Lari, Larisa, Laryssa, Lissa, Lyssa



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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)

Lara reached its top rank of #324 in the U.S. in the 1970s, and is currently at #757. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lara name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Larissa (#1500 A YEAR AGO), Lala, Larisa, Larita, Lissa and Lyssa are the popular varying forms of Lara (#757) listed in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Lari, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Lara was widespread 5 decades ago (USAGE OF 0.08%) and has become much diminished since (USAGE 0.03%, DOWN 61%), with the form Larissa falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lara, Lala, Larisa, Larissa, Larita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lissa, Lyssa in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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 sound-alike 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.

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