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Early Origins of the Lara family

The surname Lara was first found in Catalonia, in northeastern Spain.

Early History of the Lara family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lara research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1167, 1469, 1634 and 1645 are included under the topic Early Lara History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lara Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Larrea, Larra, Lara, Larrinaga, Larras and others.

Early Notables of the Lara family

Prominent among members of the family

  • were bearers of Lara, and Larrea, who belonged the Military Orders of Spain

Lara Ranking

In the United States, the name Lara is the 678th most popular surname with an estimated 42,279 people with that name. 1 However, in France, the name Lara is ranked the 5,118th most popular surname with an estimated 1,000 - 1,500 people with that name. 2

United States Lara migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lara Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gonzalo De Lara, who arrived in America in 1809 3
  • Jose De Lara, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1811 3
  • Orosia De Lara, aged 49, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1811 3
  • Isabel Lara, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1816 3
  • Francisco De Lara, who landed in America in 1828 3
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lara (post 1700) +

  • Gwen Shamblin Lara (1955-2021), American author and founder of the Christian diet program The Weigh Down Workshop and founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church
  • William Joseph Lara (1962-2021), American actor, martial artist, and musician, best known for the role of Tarzan in the American TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures
  • Tony Lara (1965-2015), American fishing captain of the FV Cornelia Marie and reality show personality appearing on the Deadliest Catch
  • Jose Garcia De Lara, American Republican politician, Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 3rd District, 1996 4
  • José Manuel Lara (b. 1977), Spanish professional golfer ranked in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings
  • Osvaldo Lara Cañizares (1955-2024), Cuban track and field sprinter who represented his native country at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Christian Lara (1939-2023), Guadeloupean film director and producer, screenwriter and cinematographer
  • Lucas Martinez Lara (1946-2016), Mexican Roman Catholic bishop
  • Odete Lara (1929-2015), stage name of Odete Righi Bertoluzzi, a Brazilian film actress who appeared in 37 films between 1954 and 1994
  • Modesto Lara (b. 1973), Dominican Republic judoka
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from on Facebook