Usage: Lara is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Lara are in general originating from France, Greece, Iceland, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Lara across the world, see Larisa.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 5.
The name Lara is ranked on the 862nd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 644900 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.009% of the population.
The name Lara has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Lara for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Lara can be a given name or a surname in several languages.
- The Spanish surname Lara is derived from Lara de los Infantes in the Burgos province of Spain, and in some cases retains the original form, de Lara (of Lara).
- In Ukrainian and Russian, the given name is a short form for Larissa.
- In Hindi, the given name is a short form for Laranya, which means graceful.
- In Turkish, it means water fairy.
Russian: short form of Larissa, introduced in the early 20th century to the English-speaking world. Here it became popular in particular as the name of one of the principal characters in Boris Pasternak's novel Dr Zhivago (1957), which was made into a popular Hollywood film in 1965. The name is associated with ‘Lara's theme’, from the film score by Maurice Jarre. Occasionally the name also represents a short form of Klara.
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