Pilar Origin and Meaning

The name Pilar is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "pillar".

The fact that this Spanish classic, which honors the Virgin Mary, does not end in the conventional letter 'a' gives it a special sense of strength, elegance, and style, making it a worthy choice.

The name originated in the legend of the miracle of the Virgin Mary's appearance over a marble pillar. It also is an allusion to her as a pillar of the church.

Pilar is remembered as the valiant heroine of Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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Pilar Popularity

Famous People Named Pilar

  • Pilar LastraAmerican model
  • Pilar BosleyAmerican ice dancer
  • Pilar PellicerMexican film actress
  • Bella PilarAmerican illustrator
  • Pilar MiroSpanish film director
  • Pilar LorengarSpanish soprano
  • Pilar MontenegroMexican singer/actress
  • Pilar BardemSpanish actress, mother of actor Javier Bardem
  • Pilar PilapilFilipina actress and Miss Philippines 1967
  • Pilar Lopez de AyalaSpanish actress
  • Pilar Jhena McKinley (b. 2019)daughter of Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley.
  • Pilar Nemarcontestant on Big Brother Canada

Pilar in Pop Culture

  • Pilarcharacter in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway
  • Pilar Estravadoscharacter in Hercule Poirot series
  • Pilar Terneracharacter in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Pilar Ortegacharacter in TV's "Falcon Crest"
  • Pilar Reedcharacter in TV's "Eureka"
  • Pilarcharacter from Margaret Atwood's "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam"
  • Pilar LopezFitzgerald, character in TV soap "Passions"
  • PilarArgentina
  • Pilar Zuazocharacter on TV's "Weeds"
  • PilarElle's friend in the musical version of Legally Blonde
  • Pilara Argentine lawyer in 'The Past' by Tessa Hadley