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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Li"ra
An Italian coin equivalent in value to the French franc.

Etymology: It., fr. L. libra the Roman pound. Cf. Livre

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  1. Formerly the basic unit of money in Italy; equal to 100 centesimi
  2. The basic unit of money in Turkey
  3. The basic unit of money on Malta; equal to 100 cents

From Italian lira, from Latin lībra (partly via Turkish lira, Arabic لِيرَة (līra), Maltese lira, Greek λίρα (líra), and Hebrew לִירָה, all of which are originally from the Italian).

  1. The basic unit of currency in Turkey.
  2. The currency of Lebanon (also pound), Syria (also pound), Jordan (also dinar)
  3. The former currency of Italy, Malta, San Marino, Cyprus and the Vatican City, superseded by the euro
  4. The former currency of Israel, superseded by the sheqel.

From Ukrainian ліра (lira).

  1. A Ukrainian folk musical instrument similar to the hurdy-gurdy.

From Latin līra (“furrow”).

  1. Any of a set of fine ridges on the shells of some molluscs

    lira was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, French, Italian, Latin, Old English, Polish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Lira

    Lira is a contemporary r&b and afro-soul musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2003. Lira was given the name Lerato Molapo . Lira is also known as Lira.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Lira

    Wendell Lira is a soccer player for the Vila Nova Futebol Clube, Goiás Esporte Clube, Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Clube Atlético Sorocaba, Trindade Atlético Clube, Goianésia Esporte Clube, Novo Horizonte Futebol Clube, União Recreativa dos Trabalhadores, Associação Atlética Anapolina, and Tombense Fut. Wendell was born on January 7th, 1989 in Goiânia.


    Lira is a contemporary r&b and afro-soul musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2003. Lira was given the name Lerato Molapo . Lira is also known as Lira.


    Pedro was born on May 17th, 1845. He breathed his last breath on April 20th, 1912.


    Michael Lira is an alternative, lounge metal, film music, alternative rock, and film score musician. Michael was born on February 19th, 1975.


    Osvaldo Lira was a priest, philosopher, and theology. Osvaldo was born on February 11th, 1904. He left this life on December 20th, 1996.


    Johnny was born in 1950. He died on December 8th, 2012.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Lira U.S.
      White 8.23% 64.26%
      African American 0.25% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.22% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.27% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 90.30% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Lira

    People with the last name Lira are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Lira

    • How Popular is the name Lira? Lira is the 29,188th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lira was the 2,447th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Lira have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 168 babies born with the first name Lira in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lira to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lira? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Lira first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lira is Thursday, September 5th, 1889.
    • What year had the most people named Lira born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lira was in 2016 with a total of 30 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Lira: Your name in reverse order is Aril. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Liar. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Lira? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 14,758 people with the last name Lira.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lira? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Lira as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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