What do we think of Lara?

(35 Posts)
Stepawayfromthesweeties Mon 21-Jan-13 21:20:46

Really struggling for a girls name, I've got a few that I kind of like but nothing I really like. Then fell upon a friends sisters name which is Lara, nice & short and not too flowery. What do you think?

Dixiestamp Mon 20-Feb-17 02:52:14

Love it!

lozible Sun 19-Feb-17 13:06:30

My name is Lara. (I'm 14 and I just made a Mumsnet account to participate in the banter!

As it is quite a short name already, it can't be shortened to much!
I don't get called 'La' or 'Lala' at all, but I get called things like 'Loz' for short and 'Lozzy'.
The 'Lozzy' nickname evolved into my sister calling me 'Lozible' (Now my username for everything, haha) and then she pronounced it "Loz-ee-blay", so now my twin sister calls me Blé and texts me things like; "Hi Blé, can I get you anything from the shops?"
It's quite cute smile

Also, yes there are a lot of positive connotations of the name Lara. For Christmas, my mum gave me a music box with the tune 'Lara's Theme' from Dr Zhivago. smile

Positives for the name:
1. It is short and simple to spell smile
2. It is very pretty!
3. It is not very common.

Negatives for the name:
1. If you name your child Lara, I promise you (I know from experience) they will NEVER find their name on a Coca Cola bottle or a key chain or a mug.
2. Teachers at my school often mispronounced my name as Laura instead of Lara.
3. It is often mispronounced as "Lair-a" as opposed to "Lar-a".
4. There aren't many words that rhyme with it, other than like 'tiara' and 'capybara'.

Overall, a lovely name! I have an identical twin sister called Amy, so we are Amy and Lara or Lara and Amy. Our names mashed together make 'Amara' which we think would make quite a pretty name in itself! We call each other 'Amoo' and 'Lozzy' mostly.


neolara Thu 24-Jan-13 14:12:40

My dd is Lara. I've only met two other children called Lara so it is still relatively uncommon.

Cakecrumbsinmybra Thu 24-Jan-13 14:08:54

I like Lara. My friend has just had one too.

EllenParsons Thu 24-Jan-13 00:47:38

Love love love. I think this is my all time favourite name. Would love to use it if I had a dd. great choice.

AndFanjoWasHisNameO Wed 23-Jan-13 22:35:35

Beautiful <3

massistar Wed 23-Jan-13 16:48:39

It's my DD's name and I still love it. Suits her to a tee! I didn't know many 4 years ago when she was born but it's getting a bit more popular. Think it made into the Top 100 names last year.

Pigsinblankets Wed 23-Jan-13 10:14:34


Stepawayfromthesweeties Wed 23-Jan-13 06:22:43

Thanks for the input ladies, I think it will be Lara Elizabeth & dh is in agreement, hoorah!!! Although now that Clara's been mentioned too I like that one, maybe I just like names ending in ara smile

ripsishere Wed 23-Jan-13 05:24:22

I am smiling at people suggesting other names which end in 'ara.

DessieLou Wed 23-Jan-13 05:12:28

Lara Elizabeth is gorgeous...i hope your husband agrees! How about Zara or elara? We nearly had a Zara Elizabeth! :-)

VBisme Tue 22-Jan-13 23:57:55

Very nice indeed

ZooAnimals Tue 22-Jan-13 23:55:36

It's nice, I like Clara and Zara too (but not Tara oddly!).

I only know one baby Lara and one 5 year-old Lara, it's not of those that's annoyingly overused (not here at least).

twinklesparkles Tue 22-Jan-13 21:22:59

I love love love lara (larissa) ..

Doesn't go with our surname though sad

Pigsinblankets Tue 22-Jan-13 21:13:46

I have a Lara Elizabeth! Beautiful names.

serin Tue 22-Jan-13 20:59:49

Great name, much underused.

spiderlight Tue 22-Jan-13 20:07:50

I really like it. Elegant and feminine but without being weedy or twee. It won't date too much either.

ScentedNappyHag Tue 22-Jan-13 20:02:42

I've only ever known one Lara, and she was lovely and elegant, so it has positive connotations for me smile I like it.

louise2011 Tue 22-Jan-13 20:01:12

Love it!!! Love Tara too

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:28:36

Also Cara

Yfronts Tue 22-Jan-13 13:28:02


AnnIonicIsoTronic Tue 22-Jan-13 11:46:51

It was nearly dd2. Lara short for Larissa.

squoosh Tue 22-Jan-13 10:40:42

I think of Julie Christie.

Not a bad association at all.

Stepawayfromthesweeties Tue 22-Jan-13 06:27:12

At the moment we're thinking Elizabeth as a middle name, DH wanted it for a first name but it can shortened to so many other things so its been relegated to middle name smilethe only thing putting me off Lara is our West Yorkshire accent and slack pronunciation of the letter r. Still loving the name but maybe need to change our accent in the next 4 months grin

Lozario Mon 21-Jan-13 22:02:53

I have one too and people are always saying what a lovely name she has. Pretty but not flowery. Dr Zhivago connotations too - Lara's song. Only downside is that we thought 4 letters couldn't be abbreviated - she gets called La a lot! Or Lala. Or Lardy (this last one isn't quite as mean as it sounds - she's only 22 months old - I must stop saying it though!! wink)

What middle name are you thinking? If any?

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