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Gender: Female Pronunciation: pee-LAHR Meaning of Pilar: "pillar" Origin of Pilar: Spanish

The name Pilar is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "pillar". Pilar and is often added to lists like Cool Girl Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Pilar

Pilar Lastra, American model
Pilar Bosley, American ice dancer
Pilar Pellicer, Mexican film actress
Bella Pilar, American illustrator
Pilar Miro, Spanish film director
Pilar Lorengar, Spanish soprano
Pilar Montenegro, Mexican singer/actress
Pilar Bardem, Spanish actress, mother of actor Javier Bardem
Pilar Pilapil, Filipina actress and Miss Philippines 1967
Pilar Lopez de Ayala, Spanish actress

Pop Culture References for the name Pilar

Pilar, character in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway
Pilar Estravados, character in Hercule Poirot series
Pilar Ternera, character in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Pilar Ortega, character in TV's "Falcon Crest"
Pilar Reed, character in TV's "Eureka"
Pilar, character from Margaret Atwood's "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam"
Pilar Lopez-Fitzgerald, character in TV soap "Passions"
Pilar, Argentina
Pilar Zuazo, character on TV's "Weeds"
Pilar, Elle's friend in the musical version of Legally Blonde

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