Pilar Origin and Meaning

The name Pilar is 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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Famous People Named Pilar

  • Pilar LastraAmerican model
  • Pilar BosleyAmerican ice dancer
  • Pilar PellicerMexican film actress
  • Bella PilarAmerican illustrator
  • Pilar MiroSpanish film director
  • Pilar LorengarSpanish soprano
  • Pilar MontenegroMexican singer/actress
  • Pilar BardemSpanish actress, mother of actor Javier Bardem
  • Pilar PilapilFilipina actress and Miss Philippines 1967
  • Pilar Lopez de AyalaSpanish actress
  • Pilar Jhena McKinley (b. 2019)daughter of Porsha Williams and Dennis McKinley.
  • Pilar Nemarcontestant on Big Brother Canada

Pilar in Pop Culture

  • Pilarcharacter in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway
  • Pilar Estravadoscharacter in Hercule Poirot series
  • Pilar Terneracharacter in "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Pilar Ortegacharacter in TV's "Falcon Crest"
  • Pilar Reedcharacter in TV's "Eureka"
  • Pilarcharacter from Margaret Atwood's "The Year of the Flood" and "MaddAddam"
  • Pilar LopezFitzgerald, character in TV soap "Passions"
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  • Pilar Zuazocharacter on TV's "Weeds"
  • PilarElle's friend in the musical version of Legally Blonde
  • Pilara Argentine lawyer in 'The Past' by Tessa Hadley