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Gender: Female Meaning of Lara: "citadel" Origin of Lara: Russian, diminutive of Larissa or Larisa Lara's Popularity in 2017: #759

The name Lara is a girl's name of Russian origin meaning "citadel". Lara is ranked #759 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short & Strong Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Lara

Lara Flynn Boyle, American actress
Lara Catherina Stone, Dutch-English supermodel
Lara Spencer (born Lara Christine Von Seelen), American TV news anchor
Lara Bingle, Australian model and reality TV personality
Lara Wollington, English actress
Lara McDonnell, English actress
Lara Parker (born Mary Lamar Rickey), American actress
Lara Pulver, English Actress
Lara Dutta (Bhupathi), Indian actress and Miss Universe 2000
Lara Cardella, Italian novelist
Lara Jill Miller, American voice actress
Lara Fabian, Belgo-Canadian singer
Lara Logan, American TV journalist
Lara St. John, Canadian violinist
Lara Veronin aka Lara Liang, lead singer in Taiwanese band Nan Quan Mama
Lara Yunaska Trump, wife of businessman Eric Trump; daughter-in-law of President Donald Trump

Pop Culture References for the name Lara

Lara Jean Song Covey, main character in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before", "P.S. I Still Love You" and "Always and Forever, Lara Jean" by Jenny Han
Lara Croft, main character in the Tomb Raider video game series
Lara Antipova, character in Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago," 1965 movie, and basis for song "Lara's Theme" by Maurice Jarr
Lara Lor-Van, biological mother of Superman
Lara, character in Turkish TV series "I Named Her Feriha"
"Lara, A Tale," poem by Lord Byron
Lara Buterskaya, character in John Green's "Looking for Alaska".

Larra, Larina


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.