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Origin: Georgia
Region Origin: Western Asia

Lara is a girl's name with Latin, Greek, and Russian roots, meaning "protection". It stems from the word "lares," which refers to the individual gods of Roman households who were the protectors of homes and fields. The name is also a diminutive of Larissa, which is Greek for "woman of the citadel". Another interpretation of the name Lara in Latin is derived from "lūcēre," meaning "to shine" or "famous". The name has been used as both a surname and a given name in many languages for a long time and has roots in ancient Latin and Russian cultures.

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