Lyra

Lyra Meaning and Origin

The name Lyra is a girl’s name meaning lyre and is of Greek origin. Lyra is primarily derived from Greek mythology and astronomy. It is the Latin name for the lyre, a musical instrument associated with the mythological figure Orpheus. In Greek mythology, Orpheus was a legendary musician and poet who possessed extraordinary musical skills. Lyra has gained popularity as a given name in recent years. It has been influenced by various factors, including its usage in literature, music, and popular culture. The name received particular attention due to its association with the main character, Lyra Belacqua, in Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy “His Dark Materials,” which was later adapted into a television series. Besides its mythological and literary associations, Lyra has been used in various cultures around the world. In addition to English-speaking countries, it is also found in Greek, Portuguese, and Scandinavian cultures, among others. In Scandinavian countries, it is often associated with the constellation Lyra, which contains the bright star Vega.

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