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I love this name! I love the pronunciation leer-a but I hate the pronunciation lie-ra.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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“Leer-uh” is soooo much prettier than “lie-ruh.” It flows so much better.
― Anonymous User  8/2/2018
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I think this name could also be pronounced LIGH-ra. It sounds prettier like that.
BeccyLeader2  6/10/2018
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Lyra is sweet, lyrical, and poetic. It makes a nice middle name.
Kitandkat  3/26/2018
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I think both pronunciations sound okay.
Luvbug86  3/23/2018
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This name is so overrated. It doesn't sound pretty at all.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2017
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The name Lyra was given to 292 girls born in the US in 2016.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
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I LOVE this name (when it's pronounced Lira)! Before my daughter was born it was my number one pick. Apparently it doesn't sound good in French (our names needed to sound good in French and English), so we went with an alternative. It ticks all my boxes though, and I still love it. Uncommon, soft, and musical but not "out there" strange.
JustExactlyRight  7/27/2016
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I named my daughter (born March 2016) Lyra, said Lie-ra like Lyra Belacqua. I loved the name the first time I heard it in The Golden Compass and said if I had another daughter that would be her name.
It's a gorgeous name!
Nonnii  6/3/2016
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Beautiful and lovely. Lyra is a great choice for a name, and I'd recommend it to anyone having a child. Pronounced "LIE-rah" or "LEER-uh," either way I think it sounds great. I'm also a fan of Philip Pullman's work, so that's a plus, ha ha.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/9/2016
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This name is so pretty! More people need to have this name. It's classy and very feminine sounding. It actually reminds me of a lyre, which is a harp-type instrument.
CatFace  9/19/2015
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I love this name, it reminds me of someone beautiful and young. I am bound to name my daughter this. Someone brave, someone who's curious of the world and would rather be exploring in the woods rather than sitting at home. The girl with wavy ginger/red hair and grey-blue eyes and the tiniest bit of freckles on her face. The mysterious kind, the type of person who is so deep and wonders about everything and anything. Fearless.
― Anonymous User  8/24/2015
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This name is GORGEOUS! So classy, feminine and beautiful. I can't find anything bad to say about this name. I love it especially when it's pronounced like LEE-RA.
Alexanna  9/10/2014
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Philip Pullman's main character in his novel Northern Lights is named Lyra Belacqua.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2014
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Lyra is a character in Pokémon.
― Anonymous User  8/20/2014
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Lyra was the girl in "The Golden Compass".
deidre  5/30/2014
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My daughter is named Lyra but we pronounce it LEER-AH.
SamK1287  2/25/2014
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I think Leer-a sounds much, much better than Lie-ra.
― Anonymous User  10/20/2013
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The name Lyra was given to 242 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/16/2013
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A little too fantasy-ish/made up sounding to me... But I like it for an animal. I knew a really cute dog named Lyra :)
― Anonymous User  3/10/2013
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I'm sorry, I can't resist...

Lyra Heartstrings, a popular background pony in the Flash animated TV cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She's a mint green unicorn with a lyre for a cutie mark (the tattoo on her flank). She's said to be obsessed with humans, who don't exist in Equestria in this version of MLP.
Atarah Derek  10/10/2012
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As someone who is big on Astronomy, I plan on naming my little daughter Lyra. While the pronunciation in Astronomy in the English-speaking world is LIE-ra, that pronunciation seems harsh to me. Thus, I prefer Lyra pronounced as LEER-a.
― Anonymous User  3/31/2012
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I don't care which way you pronounce it, Lyra is a terrible name. If you pronounce it LIE-re or LIE-ra, it sounds like you're calling someone a lier. If you pronounce it LEER-a it sounds like an evil stare. This name should go to the recycling bin.
GibsonGirl  10/30/2011
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I LOVE THIS NAME! I think it sounds elegant, beautiful and pure. If I ever have a daughter then I will definitely consider this name.
Grace_Scarlette  8/11/2011
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I actually made this name up for a character. Didn't know it already existed. I wonder what that says about it?
C-Ticket  7/29/2011
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Model Sophie Dahl has a daughter named Lyra, born earlier this year. Lyra is also the great-granddaughter of writer Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal.
bananarama  6/8/2011
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Pronounced LIE-rə, LEER-ə.
thewordlovely  3/12/2011
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So it does mean lyre. I was wondering if that was the case. It's a pretty name to describe a wonderful ancient instrument with an enchanting sound. It would be a good name to use on a character; maybe a musician. A family of musicians. A brother named Jubal, and two sisters named Lyra and Selah. Yeah...

And yes, I know Pullman has already used it for his character, but in his mind, the name Lyra means "liar." I would never corrupt such a pretty name with a negative meaning like that. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a plot bunny to catch.
Atarah Derek  10/6/2010
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This name should also be included in the Literature section, obviously because of Lyra Belacqua from the "His Dark Materials" book series by Philip Pullman.

Also, Lyra is often pronounced as LIE-rə in English, but LEE-ra and LEER-a are also possibilities.
Lucille  8/19/2010
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Magnificent. I really am considering this for a daughter, although it could turn out she could be a liar, and Lyra and Liar are super similar.
italiannames  1/5/2010
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Responding to a much earlier comment, this is, in fact, Orpheus' lyre. He is recognized much more for his use of the lyre even though Hermes created it for Apollo. With his lyre he split open a hole in the ground, walked straight past Cerberus, and carried his dead wife out of the Underworld. In the end everything didn't work out, but that's why it's his lyre.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2009
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This name is gorgeous. Definitely going on my PNL. It's got a great history and a lovely sound that isn't tacky.
emmiix3  3/25/2009
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Pronounced LIE-rə.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2009
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Lyra is such a beautiful name! I love Philip Pullman's character, but I would wait until her craze died down (if it ever does) before naming a girl this.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2008
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I love the name Lyra. Yet another constellation name that I'm ashamed of how much I love it. It's very soft-sounding and uncommon enough that one with this name probably will not be in school with another one, yet it doesn't sound made up or trashy.
paintwolf  9/25/2008
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Even though it's the name of a constellation, I think this name sounds beautiful.
bananarama  7/25/2008
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I believe that Lyra [ly.ra] is the ancient Greek word for "lyre", a musical instrument. In (standard) modern Greek, this word would most likely be pronounced [li.ra].

In my personal opinion, the modern pronunciation carries a much greater aesthetic quality. The pronunciation [lai.rə] is the modern English pronunciation of this name.
Bastien Rosier  6/6/2008
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This is a beautiful name with an esthetic and poetic feel to it, yet it doesn't sound utterly kooky. I like the background of it and everything. I only hope it doesn't become overused.
slight night shiver  4/28/2008
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Good as a middle name too.
lowcal historyan  12/23/2007
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If pronounced like the constellation, Lyra would be pronounced (in English) as LIE-ra. An alternative pronunciation is LEER-a.
out of the sky  12/17/2007
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My name is Lyra, and it is commonly mispronounced by everyone around me. The way my name is pronounced is Lee-Ra. Most people pronounce it as Lie-Ra. (In the Golden Compass movie, it's pronounced the "wrong (TO ME) way," for example. Also beware that people always say, "OH! Like the Italian money?" when I tell them my name. Other than those things, I ADORE my name! People always comment on how beautiful it is, and I agree.
Suika  12/15/2007
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I like this name. I first heard it from the Phillip Pullman Novels, and think that the character of Lyra is inspiring.
Katja Eidis  12/12/2007
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This is such a rare and beautiful name.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2007
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One of the characters in the anime FullMetal Alchemist is called Lyra. She seems very lost, and tends to follow very different people, often for no real reason.
Lilith_Aveline  4/7/2007
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I find this name so pretty and unique.
7up  1/27/2007
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I am also a fan of the character Lyra Belacqua, and it is a pretty name. However, I think the name was chosen for her because it sounds like the word "liar," so it seems strange to me that she might inspire namesakes!
hartducha  1/17/2007
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It's so rare but I really like this name. Not to mention it's my favorite constellation. :]
septsweetie99  11/16/2006
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The lira (same pronunciation as Lyra) was the Italian currency between 1861 and 1999. Therefore, it's pretty much like naming your kid Dollar. Stupid!
― Anonymous User  10/28/2006
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Lyra Belacqua, His Dark Materials. They're making a movie!
― Anonymous User  8/5/2006
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Our daughter's name is Lyra, pronounced Leer-a, not Lie-ra.
alisoncorbitt  4/25/2006
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I love the His Dark Materials trilogy and, inspired by that, have decided that if I ever have a daughter, she will be called Lyra Aurora. They are both beautiful names!
DodgyJammer  2/20/2006
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I love the name Lyra and will give it to my daughter. To me it sounds both traditional and contemporary. The bible says that God's children will shine as the stars and that our names are written in the stars and her name will be so literally.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2005
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A Biblical interpretation should not be added to a name like Lyra. It has nothing to do with Christianity, and I find it annoying when other usurp fine names for their beliefs. Lyra has root in Greek mythology - let's keep it that way.
freethoughtgal  12/26/2009
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I think this name is pretty. Not enough people are named Lyra.
Rachelgirl1989  12/7/2005
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Lyra is the main protagonist of Philip Pullman's Dark Material's Trilogy that includes the books The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
ars musica  11/30/2005
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I've been reading Greek Mythology and the constalation Lyra is in fact Apollo's lyre not his son's Orpheus.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2005
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This is the name of the central character in Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' trilogy.
reservoirdoll1987  12/30/2004
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This was the name of Lyra Belacqua in "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2004

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