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This was the name of Lyra Belacqua in "His Dark Materials" by Philip Pullman.
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2004
This is the name of the central character in Philip Pullman's 'Northern Lights' trilogy.
-- reservoirdoll1987  12/30/2004
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
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
I think this name is pretty. Not enough people are named Lyra.
-- Rachelgirl1989  12/7/2005
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
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
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
Our daughter's name is Lyra, pronounced Leer-a, not Lie-ra.
-- alisoncorbitt  4/25/2006
Lyra Belacqua, His Dark Materials. They're making a movie!
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2006
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
It's so rare but I really like this name. Not to mention it's my favorite constellation. :]
-- septsweetie99  11/16/2006
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
I find this name so pretty and unique.
-- 7up  1/27/2007
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
This is such a rare and beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  7/29/2007
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
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
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
Good as a middle name too.
-- lowcal historyan  12/23/2007
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
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
Even though it's the name of a constellation, I think this name sounds beautiful.
-- bananarama  7/25/2008
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
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
Pronounced LIE-rə.
-- Anonymous User  2/3/2009
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
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
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
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
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
Pronounced LIE-rə, LEER-ə.
-- thewordlovely  3/12/2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The name Lyra was given to 242 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/16/2013
I think Leer-a sounds much, much better than Lie-ra.
-- Anonymous User  10/20/2013
My daughter is named Lyra but we pronounce it LEER-AH.
-- SamK1287  2/25/2014
Lyra was the girl in "The Golden Compass".
-- deidre  5/30/2014

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