Gender: Female Meaning of Lara: "citadel" Origin of Lara: Russian, diminutive of Larissa or Larisa Lara's Popularity in 2019: #701

Lara Origin and Meaning

The name Lara is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "citadel".

This is an alternative to Laura or Lauren made romantic by Dr. Zhivago, and sexy by video-game heroine Lara Croft.

As a place name, Lara is a state in Venezuela.

In mythology, Lara was a nymph in Ovid's Fasti known for her beauty and inability to keep secrets.

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Rank in US: #701

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Larra, Larina


clairels Says:


I knew a Lara growing up and she was always being called Laura in a school filled with them.

Daiseymae Says:


Both are correct although the first one is more popular.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

smartie352 Says:


Should one pronounce this LAHR-ah or LARE-ah? I've heard both.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Oh how I love this name. It's beautiful, I generally have trouble finding names my mum likes for a future daughter (I take her opinion very seriously), I feared she would not like Lara, but she said it was very pretty. My fresher in my opinion to the popular Lauren or Laura. I love the combination Lara Mackenzie, overall Lara is a lovely name.

kat_amanda Says:


My husband loves this name. Can see us using it in the middle for a future daughter one day.

snowsbeloved Says:


Completely different image and feel than Laura. I love it!

LaraLH2206 Says:


As being named Lara myself the name, for me, is not great. I have known people for years who pronounced as one would pronounce Laura because I am so tired of correcting them. When someone asks for you name you always have to spell for them or they will spell it Laura, and lastly, though it is a personal preference, I was always so jealous of people who had fun short nicknames but their full names were long and elegant and absolutely gorgeous while I was stuck with a short four letter name.

juliabrowneyes Says:


So fresh compared to Laura. Whenever I bring up Lara on the forums, people seem to like it.

chellemma1 Says:


This name has been growing on me recently - I know a few Laras but I like that it's not too popular.

Lilibet Says:


Very pretty. Rising up the ranks in UK, France & Spain. Love it.