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Girl Name: Lara

Name: Lara
Pronunciation: \l(a)-ra\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: protection
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Lala
Sounds Like: Lira, Laray, Larae, Lari, Laura, Lora, Lawra, Larea, Lura, Lyra
Variant forms: Laralaine, Laramae, Larina, Larinda, Larita, Larra
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 695
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 678


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 name Lala.

Baby names that sound like Lara are Lira, Laray, Larae, Lari, Laura, Lora, Lawra, Larea, Lura and Lyra.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Lara.


Lara is a very popular first name for women (#695 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#678 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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