Lara - girls name

Lara name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Lara name meaning:

The name Lara is of various origins and has different meanings in different cultures. In Latin, Lara means "messenger" or "seagull." It is also derived from the Greek name Larisa, which means "cheerful" or "graceful." In Russian, Lara is a diminutive of the name Larisa and means "seagull" or "protection." In Spanish, Lara is a surname derived from the Latin word "larus," meaning "seagull."

The name Lara has gained popularity due to its association with the character Lara Croft from the video game series Tomb Raider. Lara Croft is depicted as a strong and adventurous heroine, which has contributed to the name's appeal among parents seeking a bold and empowered name for their daughters. Additionally, Lara has a simple and elegant sound, making it a popular choice for parents worldwide.

Overall, the name Lara carries a sense of femininity, grace, and strength. It is a versatile name that can be embraced across different cultures and languages.

Origin: Greek


Related names

Lara , Laryssa

Other girls names beginning with L


Overall UK ranking: 98 out of 5581

539 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (96)
  • England (97)

Historical popularity of Lara

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