Gender: Female Pronunciation: lye-ra Meaning of Lyra: "lyre" Origin of Lyra: Greek Lyra's Popularity in 2019: #673

Lyra Origin and Meaning

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

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. Lyra Belacqua is the heroine of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, seen in the movie The Golden Compass.

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Rank in US: #673

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Selkit Says:


It can be pronounced either way. The Star Wars character with this name is LEE-ra.

Boba_Buddy_Le Says:


So pretty.

Tora Says:


I really really want to love it but I just dont. I think it's because it sounds like a modern invented name to me, on par names like with Kyson.
But I know it's not and I do love the musical and constellation meanings.

Daiseymae Says:


Beautiful name.

Bplwong Says:


We named our son Orion and his little sister Lyra. I bet this will be a popular combination! Love those 2 names.

nora.rosenberg Says:


It's a very sweet story and a beautiful name! Congratulations!

Anna Burrow Says:


My little one was meant to be named Orion if she'd have been a boy. At the gender scan we found out that we were expecting a little girl. So we looked at the opposite constellation and there it was. Lyra. She was named before birth and suits her name so well. She is also named after my beloved grandmother so she's Lyra Cicely.

pam Says:


What a great thing to feel about your name!

lyra.dior Says:


mine is pronounced LEE-ra but when people call me LIE-ra I don't mind... they're both pretty

Mei Kihara Says:


It actually can be pronouced Lie-ra.

Mei Kihara Says:


It's Lie-ra. It's my friend's name.

Josie1497 Says:


I just chose this for my new husky because of its unique blend of beauty and strength. I would be delighted to meet a little Lyra in the future because it is such a gorgeous name!!

Daiseymae Says:


Lyra is such a gorgeous name.

#name_obsession Says:


It can be pronounced either way. Mine is pronounced LEE-ra.

yellowmoon Says:


I had always thought it was pronounced "Lie-ra" but I just met grandparents of a little girl with this name and it's pronounced "Leer-a" as in 'lyrical,' which makes sense considering the constellation Lyra represents the lyre of Orpheus.

Lirra Says:


My name is Lyra but it's pronounced LEER-A and I like it so you can think what ever but it really is not dreadful and it goes well with my middle name Lyra Phoebe FEE-OH-BEE

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like this, but think of Lycra and that puts me off. I sometimes think I can get over that, but not sure.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I love this. I don't know if it's because I'm Australian but I pronounce it as Lirra, like the word lyric, similar to Lilla. Lye-rah is ok but does sound a bit like liar or Lycra.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Hmm, I would never think of the pronunciation Leer-uh, if a parent were to call their child Lyra with that pronunciation they should spell it either like Lira or Leira. I prefer Lie-ruh anyway.

RubyFrost7 Says:


Lyra (LIE-ra) is a very strong and feminine name. I like the name Lyra Rose.

Floris Says:


I think it's LEE-ra. But my German speaking mind would pronounce it Lü-ra :)

snowsbeloved Says:


LIE-ra sounds alright, LEER-a sounds dreadful! :/

EW314 Says:


Lyra is a really simple, beautiful name. It fits right in with Ella, Isla, Leah and the like but also has a great ancient feel because of its Greek roots and its link to the constellation. I can really see it catching on in the wake of Luna.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I play Pokémon and I heard there's a Lyra. I just don't remember which game. I LOVE Roserade, by the way.

IvyTheRoserade Says:


Am I the only one who is disappointed that there was no mention of Lyra from Pokemon? Lol I love this name!!!!

Luísa Says:


It was the name of my grandpa! Pronounced as LEE -rah.

Jamanda83 Says:


I know a woman named Lyra, she pronounces it Leer-ah.

LyraLovesYou Says:


I have Lyra (Lee-ra) as a first name and i'm changing it soon but i like that combo!

TeenberryO13 Says:


Lyra (Lee-ra) is absolutely stunning. One of my favorite combos is Catherine Lyra Eleanor.

Lyra_Faith Says:


Love this name so much! I use this for my blog and my stage name!

Lyra_Faith Says:



headintheclouds Says:


I'm starting to fall in love with this name more and more lately. The idea of Lyra is really appealing- a short and sweet two-syllable name, is feminine yet spunky, with the stars and constellations image, as well as a great literary namesake in the strong character from Phillip Pullman's books.

raevynstar Says:


But how is it pronounced? LIE-ra or LEE-ra?

oh_babies Says:


That is literally the exact name I have picked out for my first daughter!

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I can see appeal of this name and how everyone finds it really pretty, but all I can think of is lycra.

GenXennial Says:


I have called my little girl Lyra. Her middle name is Jane. I think they go together nicely

mabespark Says:


This is stunning and beautiful.

EmmaF Says:


Depending on how you pronounce it, Lie-ra or Leer-a, for a kid who can't say their Rs, it either sounds like Liar or Leah--but I like it a lot anyway.

sweatervests Says:


Prefer Lydia if you want a Ly-ending-with-a name

charlotteblu Says:


too close to lycra for my taste