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Gender: F Meaning of Lyra: "lyre" Origin of Lyra: Greek Lyra's Popularity in 2016: #932

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. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

Lyra was chosen for their daughter by Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum. Lyra Belacqua is the heroine of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, seen in the movie The Golden Compass.

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Famous People Named Lyra

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

Pop Culture References for the name Lyra

Lyra Belacqua, main character in His Dark Materials trilogy
Lyra, character in anime Fullmetal Alchemist
Lyra, a main character in video games Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Lyra Heartstrings, background character in 'My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic'
Lyra Erso, character in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
Lyra, protagonist of Sirens Lament