ContributorContrib.Martin on 10/26/2007
Means "swift hawk" in Mapudungun. From the Mapudungun Lef-Traru, lef 'swift' and traru 'hawk'.A noted bearer was Lautaro, the young Mapuche military commander in the four-year Arauco War (Araucanian War) in Chile. His people undertook to expel the Spanish colonizers. The army under Lautaro's command inflicted crushing defeats and huge death tolls on Spanish forces despite having far inferior weaponry. He was close to final victory when he was killed in battle at around 23 years of age.