Lyra Origin and Meaning

The name Lyra is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "lyre".

Lyra is a name with ancient and celestial roots that's finding new popularity thanks to its starring role in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, seen in the movie The Golden Compass. Simple yet unique, Lyra hits the sweet spot between too popular and too unusual.

Lyra is a constellation name taken from the lyre of Orpheus. It contains the star Vega and thus could make a melodic choice for a parent interested in music, astronomy, or mythology. It has more depth and history than Lyric, is more unusual than Lila (which it rhymes with). It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

Lyra was chosen for their daughter by Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn, as well as Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum. And then there's Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of His Dark Materials and The Golden Compass.

# 481 in the US

Lyra Rank in US Top 1000

# 61 on Nameberry

Lyra Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lyra Popularity

Famous People Named Lyra

  • Lyra VirnaIndonesian actress
  • Lyra Veronica Esmeralda TaylorOBE, New Zealand lawyer and social worker
  • Lyrae van CliefStefanon, American poet
  • Lyra Robinson (b. 2009)daughter of Muppeteer Martin P. Robinson; twin of sister Ripley
  • Lyra Cullum (b. 2011)daughter of actress Sophie Dahl and singer Jamie Cullum
  • Lyra Sheen (b. 2019)daughter of actor Michael Sheen.
  • Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran (b.2020)daughter of Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn.

Lyra in Pop Culture

  • Lyra Belacquamain character in His Dark Materials trilogy
  • Lyracharacter in anime Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Lyra the Sunsharda legendary priest card in the card game Hearthstone
  • Lyraa main character in video games Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
  • Lyra Heartstringsbackground character in 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'
  • Lyra Ersocharacter in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
  • Lyraprotagonist of Sirens Lament
  • Lyrahetaira and lover of the protagonist Simonides in Mary Renault's "The Praise Singer"

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