Lara Name Meaning & Origin

Lara

Pronunciation: LAH-rə (key)

Origin of the name Lara:

A Russian pet form of Klara and Larissa, Lara is also bestowed as an independent given name.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Larissa

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Comments and insights on the name Lara: | Edit

Okay, so as the other person had said about having the name mixed up with 'Laura' or the occasional 'Lair-ah' falls true for me too. Even the part with having my friends correcting and being more...harsh on others when they pronounce it wrong, when I don't. I really don't care - I know it is a harder and uncommon name to pronounce and don't make a fit about it when it gets pronounced wrong.

One thing that is hard to deal with with the name is the whole 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' thing. Many people think that I was named after her ((even though I was born before her)) and often try to compare me with her, but besides that - I never really get a hassel for my name, and I love it quite a lot.

It's also annoying of you get called Lara Bingle (especially if you're Australian). One of the best things is that there aren't any really terrible nicknames you can make, the best my closest friends can do is Laura or Lala.

My name is a little bit common. It may just be bad luck that there are a few my age at school but its still something to think about.

Personal experiences with the name Lara: | Edit

I love my name! I've had very few bad experiences with it. An ex-boyfriend discovered the similarity between Lara and lava/larva, but no one else ever did. I have gotten called "Laura" all my life, and it's funny - my friends are much more militant about correcting people than I am. "It's not Laura - it's LAH-RAH!" I occasionally get "Lair-ah" but that's rare. In some situations (i.e. over the phone) I'll purposely pronounce my name "Laura" to make it easier on people, but it's not a huge inconvenience. I've never felt my name was crazy or unusual enough to be weird, but I was always the only Lara I knew. I often get complimented on it (though, of course, I really had nothing to do with it). I wouldn't trade my name for anything.

My cousin's name is Laura and she named her daugther Lara

Nicknames for Lara: | Edit

Lala
Lalabell
Lars
Larsie
Lari
Larita
Rah-rah
Larri
Lolly
Lara-Lou

Meanings and history of the name Lara: | Edit

"Famous" in Russian, "Cheerful" in Greek, "The Smile" in Spanish, & also a popular Hispanic surname.

Famous real-life people named Lara: | Edit

Lara Flynn Boyle, actor
Lara Cardella, Italian writer
Lara Hedberg Deam, magazine founder
Lara Dutta, Indian actress
Lara Fabian, French and English-language singer
Lara Logan, news anchor / television journalist for CBS News
Lara Jill Miller, actress ("Gimme a Break!")
Lara Spencer (Insider host)
Lara St. John, Canadian Violinist
Lara Stone, model.

Lara in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lara Antipova and "Lara's Theme" from "Dr. Zhivago"
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider video game)
Lara Lor-Van (Superman's mother)
Lara Raith (the uber competent, extremely intelligent, dangerous, sexy succubus from the Dresden Files series)
Lara Jean Song Covey (the main character in Jenny Han's New York Times bestselling book series "To All The Boys I've Loved Before)

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