Lara is a very popular female first name and a very popular surname (source: 1990 U.S. Census). Apart from USA, Lara is popular in Russia and it is also a Spanish surname and place name. Lara name is of Latin origin, and its meaning is "protection". In Latin origin it means "cheerful and famous". The name also has its Greek origin from name Larissa. Also Visit Popularity Chart of name Lara.