Lyra

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Lyra

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  • According to a user from Wisconsin, United States, 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
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  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

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

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

Notable Persons Named Lyra

Lyra Belacqua / is a fictional character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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Cristina was born on April 3rd, 1976.

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

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How popular is the baby name Lyra in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 5 5 0
1894 5 5 0
1914 6 6 0
1915 8 8 0
1917 8 8 0
1919 9 9 0
1921 11 11 0
1923 6 6 0
1926 6 6 0
1927 6 6 0
1928 14 14 0
1930 5 5 0
1932 6 6 0
1946 6 6 0
1947 5 5 0
1948 9 9 0
1952 7 7 0
1956 7 7 0
1958 5 5 0
1960 8 8 0
1963 9 9 0
1966 10 10 0
1967 5 5 0
1968 7 7 0
1970 8 8 0
1971 9 9 0
1972 16 16 0
1973 5 5 0
1974 16 16 0
1975 12 12 0
1976 12 12 0
1977 12 12 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 9 9 0
1980 20 20 0
1981 19 19 0
1982 14 14 0
1983 8 8 0
1984 8 8 0
1985 9 9 0
1986 8 8 0
1987 9 9 0
1988 10 10 0
1989 9 9 0
1990 7 7 0
1992 5 5 0
1993 12 12 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 14 14 0
1997 14 14 0
1998 8 8 0
1999 17 17 0
2000 19 19 0
2001 29 29 0
2002 28 28 0
2003 26 26 0
2004 45 45 0
2005 50 50 0
2006 62 62 0
2007 67 67 0
2008 200 200 0
2009 233 233 0
2010 218 218 0
2011 243 243 0
2012 247 247 0
2013 250 250 0
2014 249 249 0
2015 276 276 0
2016 296 296 0
2017 390 390 0
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Popularity of Lyra as a first name

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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 4,832nd 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,410 babies born with the first name Lyra in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lyra to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (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 2017 with a total of 390 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 Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Lyra: Your name in reverse order is Aryl. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alyr. 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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  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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