Lyra name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Lyra

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Kosovo says the name Lyra means "Lyre" and is of Greek origin.
  2. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Lyra is of Greek origin and means "Lyre meaning small harp".
  3. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Lyra is of African American origin and means "Princess, leader".
  4. A user from New Jersey, U.S. says the name Lyra means "After the lyra constellation".
  5. According to a user from Wisconsin, U.S., the name Lyra is of Greek origin and means "Greek : Song; expression of emotion".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Ly"ra
  1. [Astron] A northern constellation, the Harp, containing a white star of the first magnitude, called Alpha Lyræ, or Vega.
  2. [Anat] The middle portion of the ventral surface of the fornix of the brain; -- so called from the arrangement of the lines with which it is marked in the human brain.

Etymology: L. lyra, Gr. �. See Lyre

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A small constellation in the northern hemisphere near Cygnus and Draco; contains the star Vega

Borrowed from Latin Lyra/lyra, from Ancient Greek λύρα (lúra, “a lyre; the constellation Lyra”).

  1. (astronomy) A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a lyre. It includes the bright star Vega and the Ring Nebula.
  2. (rare) A female given name from Ancient Greek

Lyra was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and German

Notable Persons Named Lyra

Notable Persons Named Lyra

Lyra Belacqua /

Lyra Belacqua / is a fictional character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lyra

Notable Persons With the Last Name Lyra

Débora Lyra

Débora Lyra is a student and model. She holds the title Miss Minas Gerais 2010 and Miss Brasil 2010. Débora was born on September 26th, 1989 in Vila Velha.

Carmen Lyra

Carmen Lyra was a writer, communist, and women's rights advocate. She was most prominent from 1918 to 1948. Carmen was given the name María Isabel Carvajal Quesada on January 15th, 1888 in San José, Costa Rica. She passed away on May 13th, 1949.

Cristina Lyra

Cristina was born on April 3rd, 1976.

Fernando Lyra

Fernando was born on October 8th, 1938 in Recife, Brazil. He left this life on February 14th, 2013.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lyra U.S.
  White 53.98% 64.26%
  African American 8.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 33.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lyra

People with the last name Lyra are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Lyra

  • How Popular is the name Lyra? Lyra is the 4,301st most popular name of all time. As a last name Lyra was the 146,201st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lyra have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,274 babies born with the first name Lyra in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lyra to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lyra? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lyra first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lyra is Monday, January 19th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Lyra born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lyra was in 2018 with a total of 429 babies.
  • Random Lyra Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lyra is not a popular baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Ohio have the same name in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Lyra: The name spelled backwards is Aryl. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lyra. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lyra? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 113 people with the last name Lyra.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lyra? Lyra is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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