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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Lara

Lara is used both as a name and a surname. It has many origins, and the meanings differ based on the origin. ‘Lara’ in Latin origin is derived from lūcēre and means ‘to shine or famous.’ When of Russian origin, the name refers to ‘protection, citadel, or cheerful.’ It is also considered a shortened form of the Greek name ‘Larissa,’ which means ‘woman of the citadel.’ Lara translates to ‘water fairy’ in Turkish. The meaning of the name Lara, according to Scottish origin, is ‘Mare.’ Lara means ‘protection’ in Spanish.

Lara was a beautiful nymph known for her beauty in Roman mythology. She was, however, also renowned for being a gossip and for being unable to keep a secret. When she revealed to Juno that her husband Jupiter was romantically involved with Juturna, Jupiter removed Lara’s tongue.

Slovenia, Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Australia, and Spain are among the countries where Lara is highly ranked. It ranks among the top 100 in Scotland, the Netherlands, and Northern Ireland.

The common variations of the name Lara based on different languages and cultures include Larysa(Belarusian), Larisa (Latvian), Larisa, Larissa (Greek Mythology), Larisa (Lithuanian), Larysa (Polish), Larisa(Romanian), Larisa, Larysa(Ukrainian), Laralaine (Latin), Laramae (Latin), Larina (Latin), Larinda (Latin), Larita (Latin), and Larra (Latin). Popular nicknames of the name Lara are L.A., Laury, Lala, Lalabell, Lars, Larsie, Lari, Larita, Rah-rah, Larri, Lolly, and Lara-lou.

There are several notable fictional characters with the name Lara. Larissa Feodorovna Guishar, a significant figure in Boris Pasternak’s 1957 novel ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ is referred to as Lara throughout the book. Lara is a character in the DC comics and appears first in the Superman book. Lara Božić is a character in the television series Larin izbor. Lara Croft is the main character in the series Tomb Raider. Lara-Su is a character from the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series. Lara, the Black Cat Fairy, is a character in Rainbow Magic.


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Famous People With The Name Lara

  • Lara Mussell SavageEnglish athlete, two-time world champion in Ultimate
  • Lara MoriItalian artistic gymnast, silver medalist in the 2019 Summer Universiade
  • Lara BelmontEnglish actress famous for her role in the film The War Zone.
  • Lara AmerseyCanadian actress, famous for her roles in Life with Derek, Monster Warriors, and Land of the Dead.
  • Lara AlcockBritish mathematics educator, won the Selden Prize for her research in mathematics

Lara On The Popularity Chart

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Popularity Over Time

The name was most popular in the late 20th century. The popularity has declined steadily since then. However, its popularity has slightly increased in recent years.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Until 1989, the name was among the top 500. The ranking was consistently falling since then. However, in recent years, the ranking has begun to improve.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Lara

These names that sound similar to Lara might appeal to you if you like how Lara sounds.

Popular Sibling Names For Lara

Names With Similar Meaning As Lara

If the meaning of the name Lara resonated with you, but you’re interested in exploring other options, then have a look at this list of names with related meanings:

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