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

Pilar Origin and Meaning

The name Pilar is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "pillar".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Pilar

Piluca, Pillar, Piliar, Pilucha, Peleria, Pili, Pelar


ena Says:


it is a very gorgeus name, one of my favorites!!!!! if u dk how to spell it, just search it.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


I don't think that he was attacking the name. Just stating something about diversity.

cheesy-biscuit Says:


This sort of reminds me of Pilau rice.

CocoaPuff Says:


Nope, that doesn’t excuse your reply. The best way to learn how to pronounce someone’s name? Ask him of her. Didn’t take Spanish in elementary school? Doesn’t matter, just ask the damn person how to say his or her name.

Ruanne Says:


One of my favorite Marian names (names which honor Mary.)

perdireinz Says:


I loved this name until a girl ruined it for me. Now all I can hear is her voice...

snowsbeloved Says:



paulapuddephatt Says:


I actually really like this.

beachbear Says:


I've always been fond of this name. However I'm not sure if it's pronounced like PEA-lar or like pea-LAR.

pcoelho Says:


That's OK. I've never been keen on Whirligig either... :)
- Pilar

pcoelho Says:


OK this is weird... but my name is Pilar and my mom's name was Teodora :)

franklyjennifer Says:


One of my cousins is named Pilar but we've always called her Pili. (Pee-lee) Granted, I'm Spanish and she lives in Spain but I've always thought it was very pretty.

Guest Says:


It's not only about race. It's about being unrespectful with another cultures and names that are not english. So yes, is xenophobic thing say that a name is not welcome in the US

MarieLalie Says:


You are so right. Some people is so ignorant, like seriously? If they don't know how is pronounced then make the effort to learn like foreign people learn to pronounce english names. Not everybody has to have an english name...

fuzzycub Says:


Many White Western Europeans speak Spanish - Spain is in Western Europe and populated mostly by white people.

jordalini Says:


That is very rude. I stated something I have noticed, If you do not learn Spanish until high school, how would you know how to pronounce it? in these classes Pilar would be used on many handouts, and people would walk around and ask 'why would you name some one pillar?' I never said anything that suggested that I have a problem with the name. There are other people asking the question how to pronounce this name. This is obviously one of your favorite names, or have a child with this, so I understand you're unhappy with my little tidbit of knowledge, but that is no reason to attack someone.

alexandramae Says:


Why not? Because people are ignorant and/or racist? Give me a break.
Like there aren't Spanish speaking people in the US or UK. Just white western europeans, right?

alexandramae Says:


sounds more like a YOU problem than this name's problem.

Guest Says:


But the US is also a diverse place. There are many diverse people
anywhere you go. Why should Spanish, Latino, Caribbean, or Hispanic
people who are raising children in the US, Canada, or UK not name their
children whatever they want, whether Pilar, Jorge, or Kimberly or
Stanley? What does it matter? Pilar may have unintentional associations
to pile or pillar in English, but who cares? It takes 30 seconds to
teach kids that Pilar is still a name because not everything in the
world should be scene through an English scope.

Guest Says:


I hate to call names but I think it is a racist thing to say that Pilar couldn't work in America. Lucia can work? Sofia? Alicia? Camila? Lola? Maria? ISABELLA? Alejandra? Even Soledad. So what's different about Pilar? It's simple to pronounce, piLAR. If people say "pillar" it's simple to correct. I am personally offended by some of these comments.

jordalini Says:


I don't think this would be a good name in the states, at least not outside of cities, most kids would just call her pillar, I didn't know it's pronunciation until Spanish in High school.

Guest Says:


it's perfectly fine in the US or UK. I live in America and have known a girl named Pilar (as I recall her family is white Hispanic). As a kid I thought her name was "weird" because I had never heard anything like it before but I think it's a bit xenophobic to say the name is not welcome in the US or UK.

Whirligig Says:


It would be fine in Spain just not in US/UK.

habert Says:


This is a common name in Spain. Please be respectful that children are diverese and born to diverse groups of people.

Whirligig Says:


I've never been keen on Pilar. It either reminds me of rice [pilau] or pillars.

Guest Says:


As a kid I went to church with a teen named Pilar. I thought it was so weird back then haha

cheridel Says:


It is pee-lar.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Ah, ok. Thanks..

123Names Says:


I met someone named Pilar, and she pronounced it so the last syllable rhymed with car, star, far.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Is this pronounced the same as Pillar? Or is it different? Someone please tell me, thanks!