Other Origin(s):Arabic, Brazilian
Meaning:Small butterfly; Water lady
Yara is a girl’s name of Swiss origin with Arabic and Brazilian roots meaning “small butterfly” or “water lady.” It developed from the Tupian language spoken by the indigenous Tupi people from Brazil. In Tupi-Guarani mythology, Lara or Yara was the name of a water goddess from the Tupian word _yîara_, meaning “lady of the lake.” In Arabic, Yara means “small butterfly”—an endearing pet name for your precious little one. Though most common in Brazil and Egypt, this beautiful name can be found in a diverse range of countries. One of these is Switzerland, which has strong trade links with Brazil. Brazil was a favorite destination of Swiss emigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, which may explain Yara’s popularity among the Swiss. Yara beautifully transcends borders with Alpine charm, making it a great pick for your little one.
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